Police warning residents of "porch piracy" this holiday season

Police warning residents of "porch piracy" this holiday season

ALTUS, OK (KSWO) -With millions of gifts being ordered and delivered for the holidays, police say "porch piracy" and theft increases during the holiday season.

A woman in Altus told police that she was expecting a package containing $1,000 worth of jewelry to arrive by Friday. She says she and her family traveled to Texas for Thanksgiving, and while there, she received a confirmation email from FedEx saying the package was delivered at 4:00 p.m. Friday. But when they got home Sunday, the package was gone.

Shocked and upset is how Karen Marion felt when she came home to Altus after a fun thanksgiving trip only to find an empty porch and no package that she was expecting. After working things out with FedEx and sending them her proof of delivery by email, she believes it was stolen.

"Just disappointed," said Marion."I can't believe people would do something like that and just go to somebody's porch and steal something like that."

Marion has talked to neighbors, family and friends and came to the conclusion that the package was not misplaced.

"It was probably over a $1,000 worth of jewelry in that box," said Marion."So, very upset and my customers that ordered it are very upset and disappointed, because they thought their jewelry would be here today and it's not."

Unfortunately, Marion won't be alone this holiday season. Sergeant Timothy Jenkins of Lawton Police Department says they haven't had any cases reported yet this year, but they did last year.

He says theft always increases this time of the year because thieves know people are ordering gifts and having them delivered to their home. He's warning residents what to do and how to prevent it from happening to you.

"Put on the package that you would like to have it signed for it, that way they won't just leave it on your doorstep, they'll make sure you're there and they'll come back and deliver it when you're home," said Jenkins.

Marion says this incident won't stop her from shopping online, but she has learned her lesson...

"Get a signature or have it shipped to my business or work," said Marion."It is going to be shipped there this time if they re-ship it and, I mean, I would love to have cameras."

Sergeant Jenkins says if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood or have any packages stolen from your home, contact your local police department.

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