Tips on how to avoid holiday package theft

With the increased number of packages and deliveries coming to the house, porch pirates may be out looking to steal your belongings.  This happens more often because people usually aren’t home when their boxes are delivered.  

This gives thieves who follow delivery vehicles, also known as “porch pirates,” the chance to pick up the unattended parcels after delivery. Mail theft is a federal offense and if prosecuted carries a five-year jail sentence for the criminal.  

If the package doesn't fit in the mailbox and the customer won't be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location. Visit, enter the tracking number and select delivery instructions. Customers can also request their packages be left with a neighbor or held at a post office for pickup. 

Safety Tips from the Lancaster Sheriff's Station 

Cyber Monday is here! With so many residents taking advantage of sales and the convenience of online shopping, Lancaster Sheriff's Station would like to remind you to use extra caution when your items are delivered. While this may be an exciting view to come home to, this is extra exciting for would be thieves as well. Try to schedule deliveries for a time frame when you will be home. If that’s not possible, schedule your deliveries to your work address instead of your home address. Or, make friends with your neighbors! Ask them to keep an eye out for your upcoming delivery and have them retrieve your items off your porch. Many companies offer text updates as your purchases make their way through the delivery process, so you will know when your items arrive! Don’t let yourself become a victim of an opportunity crime. With a little pre-planning and coordinating, you can be sure to take advantage of all the Cyber Monday deals and be the best gift giver at Christmas time! Happy Shopping AV!