The holiday season also is “Porch Pirate” season in Queen Creek and around the Valley.
Porch Pirates are thieves that steal holiday gift packages left at front doors.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office will be on the lookout for these types of thefts in Queen Creek, but everyone can help this crime from occurring. Here are some tips to deter Porch Pirates:
MCSO also asks residents to report suspicious people or vehicles seen in their neighborhood. Porch Pirates do not typically drive work vehicles, so residents should keep an eye out for standard vehicles they are not used to seeing on their street.
Porch Pirates do not want their vehicle to be on camera of the house they strike, so residents should look for people who park in front of one house and walk down to another house. If you see a person you don’t recognize in your neighborhood walking up to the front door of a house, get your phone and be ready to record them and their vehicle if they begin walking away with packages.
Law enforcement officials also advise residents to lock their cars and be aware of package thieves while out shopping.
MCSO states no package is worth a person's safety, so be a great witness and let law enforcement confront the Porch Pirate.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office - District 6 remains the Queen Creek's law enforcement provider until Jan. 11. The MCSO substation in Queen Creek is located at 20727 E. Civic Parkway. For emergencies, call 911. MCSO's non-emergency number is 602-876-1011.
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