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HCSO Cracks Down on Package Thieves

HCSO Cracks Down on Package Thieves

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~ 1 mo, 30 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 2:49pm 
HCSO Cracks Down on Package Thieves
 
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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is ramping up efforts ahead of the holidays to combat package thefts across the county.
 
Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping season, a gold mine for porch pirates – or thieves who steal packages outside resident’s homes. This year, retailers are anticipating an uptick in home deliveries due to the ongoing pandemic.
 
As Harris County residents start receiving more mail and packages, the Sheriff’s Office’s Burglary and Theft Unit investigators are leading several porch pirate sting operations in Harris County with support from the agency’s patrol units and U.S. Postal Inspectors.
 
“Beyond catching porch pirates who come into our neighborhoods to snatch our holiday packages, our goal is to also deter this activity from taking place by letting would-be package thieves know that we’re out here,” said Burglary and Theft Investigator Javier Ureña. “This is one example of many proactive policing efforts aimed at reducing crime in our communities.”
 
Burglary and Theft Unit investigators will be placing multiple decoy packages with a tracking device on residential porches to help investigators identify and locate the perpetrators. If a porch pirate takes one of the GPS-tracked packages, investigators receive an alert and can follow it in real-time. And, when the porch pirate opens the package, the camera in the tablet will start taking photos of the suspect, giving investigators a description of them.
 
The sting operations target the most at-risk areas in Harris County identified from theft reports and tips from shipping companies. Last week, Investigator Ureña led an initiative in the Westlake community in the Katy area. Although no porch pirates took the bait, it allowed investigators to test their new equipment.
 
Harris County residents are urged to take steps that will help avoid packages being stolen from their doorstep, such as signing up for tracking notifications, retrieving packages as soon as they arrive, or requiring a signature for delivery. Instead of having a package delivered to your home, investigators are asking residents to consider other delivery locations to pick up and return packages, including Amazon Hub Locker locations and postal boxes.
 
Mail theft is a federal offense punishable with up to five years in prison and fines. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 to report stolen packages.
 
Media note:
• Deputy Ureña takes us on a porch pirate initiative in the Katy area: youtu.be/SMTm1tc9WHA
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luv2eatsushi Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 30 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 6:12pm 
Well this is a very good start. But on the down side Boss Ogg will just let them go.
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Texasdad Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 6:29pm 
Awesome catch them, arrest them. prosecute and then Prison for 5 years, put a end to porch bandits.
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 6:41pm 
If only I could get my packages delivered. I got a failed delivery notice in my mail box today but they never even came to my door. I have been home all day and have a ring doorbell. Nothing.
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luannski Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 9:47pm 
This might be more successful if they didn't announce it.
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chasinghosts Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 10:50pm 
This might be more successful if they didn't announce it.
 
@luannski : I totally agree. They would get a lot more criminals if they didn't warn them first. Same goes for speeders. "We're over here so don't come this way if you're drunk driving." Makes no sense to me. I am glad they are at least trying though.
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 10:56pm 
My amazon delivery guy is just throwing packages down! I hear it from the room I am in and go get it. What a loser!
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 23 2020, 11:03pm 
10 yrs or so of frequent Amazon & eBay deliveries and we've never had a pkg disappear. I wonder if its common at all in KW? You'd thinks so with the demographics and car rips at night
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 8:53am 
@gigem09 : if it is the Post office have to bribe carriers with cash. Seems to help, also be nice and thank them for doing a great job. Ever since no issues. They seem to like $20. I know shouldn't have to but it is 2020 and Government is corrupt, I just consider it a gift. Mine is a contractor backup is a contractor so $40 in my case. This time of year is a good time too. Follows the gift program to get what you want, The mail.
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 9:12am 
10 yrs or so of frequent Amazon & eBay deliveries and we've never had a pkg disappear. I wonder if its common at all in KW? You'd thinks so with the demographics and car rips at night
 
@Chickensnickers : Same.
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 9:22am 
gigem09 : if it is the Post office have to bribe carriers with cash. Seems to help, also be nice and thank them for doing a great job. Ever since no issues. They seem to like $20. I know shouldn't have to but it is 2020 and Government is corrupt, I just consider it a gift. Mine is a contractor backup is a contractor so $40 in my case. This time of year is a good time too. Follows the gift program to get what you want, The mail.
 
@Texasdad : I wonder if the supervisors shake down the carriers for their cut of the action
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 9:24am 
@Chickensnickers : supervisors I think are actual government postal workers and been shaking down all of us for decades. IMO.
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 9:27am 
@Texasdad : -and ppl think govt should run healthcare😖
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~ 1 mo, 29 days ago   Nov 24 2020, 11:08am 
So the thread has gone from catching porch pirates to bribing mail carriers and undelivered packages.
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