The holiday season is here. That means shopping, presents and gift giving. However, along with all the hustle and bustle comes a spike in holiday theft.
Residents are already reporting packages being stolen from their front porches. Three packages were stolen from one man in just the past week, according to his post on the Newschannel 6 Facebook page.
“As we're heating up into the Christmas season and more packages are coming to homes and more decorations are going up in yards, it wouldn't surprise me if we had several,” said Sergeant Harold McClure, Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department.
With the increase in online shopping this year, the trend isn't unusual, according to the Wichita Falls Police Department. However, there are some steps you can take to keep your packages safe.
“if you're going to have packages delivered to your home try to arrange it in a way where the packages come while you're at home,” said McClure.
If that’s not possible he said talk to your neighbors, ask if they can help keep an eye out. You can also work with the delivery service and leave a letter with instructions where they should leave the package so it’s out of view of the general public.
“If you see something, say something,” said McClure. If you see someone at your neighbor’s house that you don't recognize, you don't recognize the vehicle, by all means call us.”
However, Porch Pirates aren’t the only crime spike to be aware of.
“When you're out shopping, when you're going to the store, be mindful,” he said. “Don't let your car just build up with packages and bags from the stores.”
Car burglaries also spike during the holiday season. He said it’s important to keep your car locked if you’re out and about.
If you do fall victim to some of those holiday crimes officers said it is important to report it. No matter how big or small, they said they will do what they can to help recover your stolen items or try and put the thief behind bars.