Thieves nab holiday gifts from local porches

Thieves nab holiday gifts from local porches

Thieves nab holiday gifts from local porches

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 6:46 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thieves are targeting holiday deliveries left on people’s porches and by their doors.

To some folks, a package delivered to a house this time of year is a sign of holiday cheer. To others, it is the temptation of a gift just sitting there, waiting to be stolen.

"Easy target,” said Kimberly Binford.

Her neighbor, a 66-year-old grandmother buying gifts for her grandkids, found out the hard way.

"She received an email confirmation that said the packages had been delivered. When she got home, they were not of course on her porch,” Binford said. "She did call and make a police report. She did mention it to me, so yeah she seemed very disappointed.”

The police report estimates the loss at the home in the Candlewyck neighborhood at $60.

Another report in the Chantilly neighborhood says someone stole a watch worth about $150 delivered to the front door of a home on Shenandoah Avenue.

In the Wessex Square neighborhood, Marsha Cohen is out $100. She put a gift card in the mail to a nephew but it never arrived.

"Someone did steal it. It was indeed stolen. It was registered under a name of someone I didn't send it to,” Cohen said.

"Unfortunately, a lot of us have to think like a thief and be one step ahead of them, and require signatures on our packages and be home to get our packages. And it's sad we have to do that."

Thinking about how criminals see your house and the packages left there can help keep you safe, and the gifts you send or receive protected.

CMPD has holiday security tips, including:

-    Make sure your house is well lit.
-    Remove anything a burglar can climb on.
-    Don’t leave garage doors open.
-    Don't advertise what you got by showing the boxes in the garbage.
-    Dispose of gift boxes the morning of your trash pick-up so they don't sit out for days.
-    Engrave your driver's license number on gifts, which can help recover them if they're stolen.
-    Don’t open your door to strangers.

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