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Police: Protecting holiday packages from 'porch pirates'

Posted at 7:21 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 22:48:50-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas residents are hoping an anti-package theft pilot program will come to the area and curb porch pirates.

The neighborhood watch app NextDoor,found that 62 percent of their members have experienced a box being swiped off their doorstep this year.

It's not only a problem in Las Vegas, but all around the country.

“Everybody orders things on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and you see footage from their cameras with their packages being taken. We actually just got a camera because I was scared for that reason,” said Jasmine, east Las Vegas resident.

With more delivery services besides the traditional mail carrier moving holiday gifts, like Amazon, there’s more opportunity for the bad guys to strike.

It’s a problem nation wide and one law enforcement agency in Texas is stepping up to tackle it.

The Fort Worth Police Department has launched “Operation Grinch Pinch" a program to bait criminals with GPS enabled packages.

Fort Worth PD says officers are notified when the GPS is activated and the package begins to move it’s then tracked to a stationary location like a house where police make the arrest.

And with all of the package thefts in the valley, locals think it would work here as well.

“A lot of people follow FedEx trucks and workers so to plant something and catch those people would be really good,” Jasmine said.

Amazon, eBay, FedEx, UPS and USPS all have their own recovery service in the event your package is stolen.

Recovery services contacts are posted below for stolen packages:

Amazon: 888-280-4331
eBay: 866-961-9253
FedEx: 800-463-3339
USPS: 800-275-8777