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Don't let your parcel be purloined by package pirates

Don't fall prey to package pirates. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV. Don't fall prey to package pirates. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.

Many of us do it without a second thought: We order something on line, have it shipped to our door, and in a few days, the package is waiting on our doorstep. But it’s an open invitation to thieves if we aren’t home when the package arrives.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office has a few tips on how to make sure we keep our stuff out of the hands of package pirates.

It seems everywhere you look you see  delivery drivers, and they have a lot of work to do this time of year. Corporal Joshua Tubb with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office says there are a few things you can do to make sure what you’re ordering ends up under the tree.

There’s always an automated security system that records and goes to your cell phone, but:

“Before it’s alerted to police, the chances are the person who has stolen your package is already gone,” Tubb said.

He still advises to watch out for your neighbor.

“We have a large community here in Gregg County. We have well over 120,000 people, and if everyone is watching out for each other that’s over 120,000 sets of eyes watching out for their neighbor,” Tubb said.

He says there are ways to be proactive about your deliveries.

“See if maybe you could have it delivered to a neighbor that you know is home most of the time,” Tubb advised.

He says you can contact the carrier.

“See if they have a pickup option, where you can run on your lunch break or maybe on Saturday and pick up the package,” Tubb suggested.

Tubb says it might be worth having it delivered to a family member in a nearby town.

“A lot of people are ordering very expensive items,” Tubb said.

And some packaging broadcasts what is in the box, and even how much it costs. He says the bad guys are out there.

“If they’re going to steal, a package sitting on a doorstep is a prime target,” Tubb stated.

Of course, you could put up the yard decorations and have the delivery guy put it under the tree. You know, hide in plain sight.

But neither the law enforcement nor news organizations advocate that particular choice.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office advises to have your package delivered to a secure location until you can get there to pick it up.

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