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Amarillo PD offers tips to combat "package pirates"

The Amarillo Police Department has some tips for residents to prevent having packages stolen off their porches. (File photo)

The Amarillo Police Department has some tips for residents to prevent having packages stolen off their porches.

According to APD, thieves may drive around in any area and look for packages left on porches. "They may even follow a delivery driver and watch packages being dropped off," APD said.

Police said it only takes a few seconds for the thief to step out of a vehicle and take a package.

Here are some tips from APD to prevent falling victim to "package pirates":

  • Move packages inside as quickly as possible.
  • Track your packages -- some delivery services offer text or e-mail notification of delivery.
  • Some services allow you to direct that a package be left with a neighbor or at a place other than your porch on the property.
  • Most services allow you to pick up the package at a retail location, or even schedule a delivery.
  • Visit each service's website or storefront to check out what option fits your needs.
  • Use technology to protect your property with motion activated cameras, web cameras or sensors that notify you when someone is on your porch.
  • Request that a delivery requires a signature or have the package directed to your business for delivery.


APD says people knowing their neighbors can pay off. Neighbors can help watch each other's home and pick up delivered packages.

Members of the community can also help APD prevent this crime by watching for people that seem to be driving by, paying too much attention to porches or delivery drivers, or making a brief stop to run to and from the front of the home. These kind of actions, police say, are suspicious activity that APD wants to "check out." If someone sees a vehicle like this, police said they should try to take note of the description of the vehicle: brand, model, color, number of doors, license plate, or anything that could help officers spot the vehicle. APD said even a photo on a cell phone can be useful.

APD says people should not hesitate to call APD at (806)378-3038 to report a suspicious vehicle OR 911 if they see a theft in progress.


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