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BEWARE: Victorville Porch Pirate dressed in LA Rams gear stealing packages

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A doorbell camera captured a porch pirate dressed in Rams gear stealing packages from a house in Victorville Sunday afternoon.

The homeowner sent the clip that shows the suspect approaching the front door dressed in an LA Rams sweater, Rams bandana, and a Rams flyer hat picking up two boxes and then quickly dashing off.

The homeowner said the crime happened on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at about 6:20 pm.

As Christmas draws closer, more people are turning to online shopping for added convenience, however, in most cases, the convenience is often shared unknowingly with porch pirates.

“Package theft is a crime of opportunity. The more packages left for longer periods of time on a porch, the more likely they are to be stolen. As the Christmas gift season gets into full swing, there will be a significant increase in packages on a porch,” said Dr. Ben Stickle in an interview with Safewise.

Here Are Ways To Avoid Falling Victim To A Porch Pirate

  • Opt-in to receive delivery notifications via text and email, if offered. 
  • Require signatures for your packages.
  • Ensure a properly lit home.
  • Reposition outdoor cameras to prominently face the package drop-off location.
  • Coordinate with neighbors to have them retrieve packages.
  • Be aware of your surroundings to be sure no one is following you home when store shopping
  • Keep valuables out of sight if left in the car for any reason.

If you become a victim of a porch pirate theft you should file a police report immediately, and notify the mail carrier and the merchant.

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