The holiday season is a time for gifts, but some thieves look to steal packages from the front steps of online shoppers. The phrase “porch pirates” has been given to those who would steal packages from those who make purchases from retailers online, and comes from the method of delivery of the package, usually on the front porch or step. The Door County Sheriff’s Office has not seen too much of a problem concerning package theft, but Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty said there are still ways to protect oneself from thieving hands.
Online shoppers are also encouraged to leave instructions for delivery if they believe there is a safer place for a package to be dropped off. Some online retailers offer refunds in case of theft.