Local Police Urge Residents to Be Wary of ‘Porch Pirates’

Local police are encouraging residents to be wary of porch pirates in Reston and Herndon. An increase in package thefts is often seen when holiday shopping is in full swing this time of year.

The Fairfax County Police Department issued the following tips to avoid package thefts:

  • Ask a neighbor to hold a package if you’re unable to pick it up
  • Ship packages to your workplace or a nearby store
  • Sign up for delivery alerts and require a signature, if possible.
  • Purchase a lockbox for your front porch or a mailbox with secured access

A recent study found that nearly 26 million Americans reported having holiday packages stolen from their doorstep or porch.

Photo via Unsplash 

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