After a neighbor alerted the Harper family about thieves stealing a package of their porch, Ian Harper turned to his security camera. He caught two thieves in the act of stealing their package filled with maternity clothing.
“It wasn’t overly expensive, but it was something for my wife’s maternity. It was a bit irritating more than anything else,” Harper said.
Since January, Lubbock Police said they saw just under a dozen package thefts. However, in November and December combined, they saw more than 30.
“We do see a spike in November and December months, but we do see it year-round,” said Tiffany Taylor, public information officer for Lubbock Police Department.
While they did not get their package back, the Harpers said they will be more cautious in the future.
“I would probably check the tracking a little more closely and see if we can put special arrangements on putting the packages on the side of the house or doing pick-up locations,” Harper said.
There are ways to protect against stolen packages. Sean Smith, a postal inspector for the U.S. Postal Service, recommended tracking packages, picking it up from the delivery company, asking friends, family or a neighbor to pick up a package, or scheduling a package delivery.
Lubbock Police also recommended providing special delivery instructions if no other option is available.
“If there is a place in the back, have them drop it off in the backyard or behind something to where it is not in plain sight,” said Taylor.
While surveillance video and photos help police find the suspects, Taylor said, the best way to help catch a suspect is to “be the best witness.”
“We do encourage people to give us a call immediately and just take in as many details as they can about the suspect. That is the safest thing you can do to protect yourself,” said Taylor.