Rise of porch thieves accounts for many theft over $5,000 cases
“There has been an increase in 2018 in package theft that has led to a stability in the number of people who have reported theft over $5,000 because package theft has become a huge issue.” — Constable Somers
The rate of theft over $5,000 cases in 53 Division has essentially stayed the same from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, but Const. Somers said one of the main differences this year is that many of these cases can be attributed to porch thieves. “A large chunk of what you’re seeing there are theft from mail, package theft, shoplifting and theft from motor vehicles where they’ve been broken into and [thieves] stole items such as computers, cameras, things like that,” said Const. Somers.
Package delivery companies, such as FedEx, Purolator, UPS and Canada Post, have seen an increase in package theft due to the rise of online shopping and the popularity of websites like Amazon.
“We had one just a couple days ago, and we actually got the entire incident on video where a person just simply drove around the neighbourhood in his SUV, he looked for packages, and when he’d see them on the porch, he’d simply just walk up, grab them and nonchalantly walk back and load them in his truck,” said Const. Somers. “People are ordering things to their door, and that just opens the door to this type of thief to come and grab those packages.”
Steve Kee of the Insurance Bureau of Canada said, “If you’re having deliveries and things come, it’s better to arrange for times that you’re going to be at home or to have them go to some sort of a local drop-off location.”