Watch out for porch pirates as package deliveries are made - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Watch out for porch pirates as package deliveries are made

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you shopped on Cyber Monday, you may want to keep an eye on your porch as packages start arriving. It’s National Package Protection Day, urging people to stay alert.

Police say a theft can just happen in seconds from the time a thief notices the package on your doorstep to when they swipe it and make their getaway. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

Make sure you or someone you trust can receive the package when and where it’s delivered. You can also deliver it to your work instead of your home, or a locker. Some shipping companies also allow you to choose a preferred time and day when your package is delivered. If those options don’t work, police say another one is to leave a note for your mail carrier to ask them to leave it on a side porch or back door. They say the important thing is to make sure the package is out of sight to make it less likely that you become a victim of property crime. 

As always, police say be a good neighbor. If you see a theft in process, call 911. If you come home and find out your package was stolen, call Crime Check 509-456-2233. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:47:12 GMT

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

    >>

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

    >>
  • Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Monday, July 16 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-07-16 05:58:31 GMT

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>
  • Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:08:06 GMT
    Courtesy Luanne SandvikCourtesy Luanne Sandvik

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

    Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:29:16 GMT

    NEW YORK - Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. Prime Day starts Monday afternoon. 

    >>

    NEW YORK - Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. Prime Day starts Monday afternoon. 

    >>
  • Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along

    Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:22:54 GMT

    HELSINKI - President Donald Trump says at the start of his summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks "the world wants to see us get along." Trump says the two countries have "great opportunities," saying they have not been getting along for the past few years. 

    >>

    HELSINKI - President Donald Trump says at the start of his summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks "the world wants to see us get along." Trump says the two countries have "great opportunities," saying they have not been getting along for the past few years. 

    >>
  • Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:08:06 GMT
    Courtesy Luanne SandvikCourtesy Luanne Sandvik

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>