EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) – ‘Tis the season for gifts to be delivered on people’s front porches.
Unfortunately, it’s also a time when some people play the role of the Grinch as they steal those presents before the intended parties ever receive them.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office this week provided tips for individuals to avoid becoming victims of “porch pirates” who make the rounds in an effort to steal packages from outside people’s homes.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Lyon County sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jacob Welsh said an estimated 1 in 3 Americans have been a victim of a “porch pirate” or someone who steals delivered packages from front porches.
According to Welsh’s post, Amazon reported a 60% increase of online sales in 2020 compared to 2019 for Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
“What this means,” Welsh says, “is more and more people are shopping online and will be