OPP tips to defend against Porch Pirates

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has some helpful tips to curb the theft of deliveries from the front porch of homes as the holiday season approaches. Often referred to as “porch pirates”, these thieves steal packages that are left at someone’s residence when no one is at home to accept the parcel. 

Keep delivered packages safe from “porch pirates”:

  • Request a signature on delivery
  • Ship the package to a trusted neighbour or relative who will be home
  • Have the packages delivered to your work – if allowed by the employer
  • Track your deliveries on-line so you know when they’re slated to arrive and plan to be home upon delivery
  • Opt for in-store or curb-side pickup wherever possible
  • Install video cameras and post signage to indicate surveillance is in effect
  • Request the package be left out of sight at a rear or side door

If packages are stolen from your home, report the incident to your local police and the shipping company. If you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood contact your local police or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.valleytips.ca

Peever,S. OPP Upper Ottawa Valley(2020,Nov.10) OPP TIPS TO DEFEND AGAINST “PORCH PIRATES” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON [media release]

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