State Police Warns of ‘Porch Pirates' During Holiday Season

The holiday season brings out “porch pirates” and state police are issuing a warning so you don’t become a victim of theft. 

When you place orders for gifts to be delivered, track the package and require a signature upon delivery.

State police said they are seeing an increase in what they call "tailgating," in which thieves follow delivery trucks and steal packages right after the driver drops it off. 

"The criminal will follow the Fed-Ex, the UPS driver and follow them along their route," said Trooper First Class Kelly Grant, Connecticut State Police. "Once the driver gets out, and makes the delivery, the criminal gets out and takes the package."

Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to receive it if you will not be home, pick it up at a shipping and receiving store or instruct that the package be left someplace other than the front porch.

Thieves are not concerned about the worth of the item but rather about reselling it. 

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