Riverside residents take precautions after reports of ‘porch pirates’

FILE - In this June 30, 2011 file photo, a United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from Amazon.com in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon is offering deals July 12, 2016, for the second edition of its annual "Prime Day" promotion. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The porch pirates are back at it again.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves come stealing packages right off of porches.

With an estimated 1 billion packages being delivered every holiday season, it’s believed that about 23 million will be stolen

This is a problem everywhere including right here in Wichita.

Several Riverside neighbors have reported packages stolen off their front steps. Danny Mason is taking action this holiday season and had a security system installed on his house, giving him some peace of mind by being able to have a new set of eyes on every corner of the house.

“Our neighbors are watching pretty close. A lot of us have cameras, more and more people are having them installed, ” Mason said.

Wichita police are offering some tips to the community when having items delivered.

  • If possible, ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages
  • Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option
  • Have your packages delivered to your workplace
  • Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them
  • Ask to have your packages delivered to a retail store so you can pick them up at your convenience
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for your packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home
  • Leave a note for the carrier instructing them where to leave your packages (Ex: backdoor)
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately