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Published on December 6, 2019 -


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It's the season for online shopping?

And that means porch pirates are taking advantage of innocent people?

Waiting for their packages.

Here in the tr?state?

Authorities remind people to be on the lookout for thieves and to make sure your deliveries are making it.

In the last few years?

Technology has improved to help catch the culprits.

Megan diventi has been talking with authorities and victims tonight.

She joins us live in the studio with more.



Smart doorbells have been around for nearly a decade?

Allowing many families to keep an eye on who comes to the door.

And with many people becoming more aware of holiday theft?the improving technology is helping law enforcement identify these porch pirates.

"this was clearly something they were out to do that night."

Its the time of year again where many are getting their holiday deliveries shipped to their hom?

But that also means porch pirates are lurking.

"even though it's not in your home, there's not a break in, it still feels like that's your property and that's something you already paid for."

For ross chapman of evansvill?a package was stolen right off his porch.

You can see the thief in these photos captured by chapmans video surveillance.

"we were gone out at dinner and we saw on our camera from the doorbell that someone had come up to the door and we kind of saw it after the fact, but they came up to the door, rang the doorbell, and just grabbed the package and ran."

Chapman says if it wasn't for his nest video camer?they wouldn't know who stole their delivery.

And with the improving home surveillance systems over the last decad?law enforcement say it helps them track down the porch pirates.

"with the ring and the different other types of security cameras, doorbell cameras and stuff, now we can actually have a shot to identify and pick out the suspects so we can hopefully get peoples property back."

Major poynter says the crime has always been common around the holiday seaso?but says he has seen more people purchasing camera systems like ring or nest for their homes.

"i do think theirs been an increase in the amount of people we've been able to identify based off the new technology that is coming out which is the big thing."

The new technology many say is an investment well worth i?

"we wanna make sure were doing everything we can to be safe so having that ability to see whose at the door even respond to them if you can is just an added level of connection and understanding of security."

"the more we can identify them and get them off the street, that's what matters."

Police say these thieves could face everything from misdemeanor to felony charges depending on how much they take.

They say it's best to have your packages delivered to your work?a trusted neighbo?or request a required signature.

Megan diventi,

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