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Post Office warns about porch pirates ahead of holidays

Posted at 9:39 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 05:40:28-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The United State Postal Service has a warning for online shoppers this holiday season: Watch out for porch pirates.

One Lexington woman, Niya Gatewood, told LEX 18 that she enjoys shopping online for Christmas, but she knows the risks. Now, her home is equipped with a video doorbell. She said it makes her feel safe, but sometimes a camera isn't even enough to scare off a porch pirate.

So the postal service has released a public service announcement about how to keep your purchases from being stolen.

Susan Wright with USPS said customers can have packages delivered to work, or you can sign up for delivery updates to know exactly when a package is dropped off.

"We know that it's increasing just with the sheer number of packages that customers are having delivered to their homes," said Wright. "That's why we're encouraging prevention rather than having to do some kind of investigation."

If a package does get stolen, Wrights says customers should call local law enforcement and the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.