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Porch pirates steal packages

According to Ashland police records, there were at least eight stolen package reports over the weekend. So, how can you prevent it from happening to you?

It’s no secret that the holiday season is ripe with thefts called “porch pirates.” These thieves await the delivery of a package on a doorstep before stealing it, even sometimes going so far as to follow the delivery truck.

Police Chief Tighe O’Meara suggests using the free package tracking programs that now come with any delivery service to know when the package is estimated to be delivered. These services often predict the exact hour that the package will be delivered.

“Everybody has the ability to plan on when your packages are going to show up, swing by the house to pick it up or have a relative or friend pick it up,” O’Meara said.

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office press release reiterated O’Meara’s advice. It also suggests actions such as:

Have packages delivered to a neighbor, or your workplace if you won’t be home during the day;

Install surveillance cameras around your home; and

If you see a person or vehicle following a delivery truck around, call dispatch so they can investigate. Get a good description of the person or vehicle and a license plate number, if possible.

Thefts or suspicious activity in Jackson County can be reported to dispatch at 541-776-7206.

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