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New Bedford Police PSA: “Porch pirates across America now wearing Amazon uniforms!”

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Recent reports from police departments across the U.S. have highlighted a concerning new trend in package theft, where porch pirates have been seen impersonating Amazon delivery drivers by wearing a vest with the Amazon logo while carrying an empty box and switching it out with the real package. Please see the article below for more information, as well as some helpful tips from the NBPD:

๐Ÿ. ๐“๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: Utilize the tracking feature provided by Amazon to keep an eye on your package’s delivery status. This way, you can be aware of when it’s expected to arrive and make arrangements to be present if possible.

๐Ÿ. ๐”๐ฌ๐ž ๐€๐ฆ๐š๐ณ๐จ๐ง ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ซ: If available in your area, consider using Amazon Locker for delivery. This service allows you to pick up your package from a secure location at your convenience.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐‘๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ: If your package contains valuable items, consider selecting the option to require a signature upon delivery. This ensures that someone is present to receive the package and reduces the risk of theft.

๐Ÿ’. ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‚๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฌ: Installing security cameras around your property can act as a deterrent to potential thieves. Additionally, if a theft does occur, the footage may help identify the perpetrator and aid in their apprehension.

๐Ÿ“. ๐”๐ฌ๐ž ๐’๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ซ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฌ: Smart doorbells or cameras equipped with motion sensors can alert you in real-time when someone approaches your doorstep. Some models even allow for two-way communication, enabling you to interact with the delivery person remotely.

๐Ÿ”. ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ: If you’re expecting a delivery and won’t be home, consider notifying a trusted neighbor or your building management. They can keep an eye out for the package and retrieve it for you.

๐Ÿ•. ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: Provide specific delivery instructions to the carrier, such as requesting that the package be placed in a less visible location or behind a fence.

๐Ÿ–. ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ฒ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž: Be aware of people following a delivery vehicle in hopes of stealing a package after it has been delivered.

๐Ÿ—. ๐‘๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ญ: Immediately report any suspected package thefts or suspicious persons/ activities.

By implementing these precautions, you can help minimize the risk of Amazon package theft and ensure that your deliveries arrive safely! And if you, or someone you know, has been a victim of porch pirating, you can report it here: https://www.newbedfordpd.com/report/

Read the article here.”-City of New Bedford Police Department.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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