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Online Shopping to Blame for Recent Rash of Package Thefts

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -  Deputy Chris Johnston says online shopping  is to blame for a recent rash of package thefts.  

"It's a heavy shopping time, but then you add in that so many people are buying online, and obviously anything you buy online has to be shipped," Deputy Johnston explained. "I think it's just time marching on and us living in a technology age where us buying stuff on our computer has become very convenient, and very easy to do. We just need to take the necessary steps to learn from the purchasing process...so it doesn't end up in the wrong hands. A lot of things change with time, and with technology."

Even for the holiday season, the amount of packages being stolen off of front porches is high. Deputy Johnston says the Sheriff's Office has gotten an inordinately high number of people calling to report the thefts. In fact, he says it's the worst he's seen in his eight years working as a deputy.

He says that the community is already rising to the occasion to curb the problem. UPS drivers are stepping in and reporting suspicious people following them. Karl Simmons is a driver for UPS, and he says he wants to do what he can to help stop the thieves. "It's a good feeling to to help give back to the community and help watch out. You work hard for your buck, and the last thing you want to happen is have someone take your hard earned money when you're gone."

To avoid being a victim, there are a few things you can do. One option is to have the package shipped to your work. You can also ask the shipping company to require a signature when it is delivered, or have the shipping company hold your package at their local depot. Finally, if you know you're going to be gone when the package will arrive, have it shipped to a trusted friend or family member.

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