(Closed) Stealing packages from my front porch…oh HELL naw!!!

posted 4 years ago in Emotional
Post # 16
1305 posts
Bumble bee

Creeeeepy. I would definately set up a camera and make sure all your locks are in good condition. A repeat offender sounds especially scary because they know your routines (ie, that you’re both of your home until early evening).

Post # 17
9569 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

that is terribly frustrating.  I agree with PPs who say involve the police first.  No point in setting up cameras etc.. unless you’re sure the police will actually do something about it.

I know in my town, the police do virtually jack all for bike thiefs… even if you catch them red handed. I have a friend who went on craigslist and catfished someone who was trying to sell her stolen bike.  The police were like “ummmm you can call us after you do it and we will then come over to verify it is your bike”  She was like WTH, can’t you just show up when i do to back me up so I don’t get knifed by the person who stole my bike. “umm no.. we’ll just show up after everything has gone down.”

Anyway, point is… police can be infuriatingly useless at times, and after going through all the work to set up a camera etc it’d be really aggravating to find out they won’t do anything with the evidence.

Post # 18
1066 posts
Bumble bee

Could you also possibly have a new delivery guy? I’ve heard of delivery guy’s dropping things at the wrong addresses and marking them as delivered. An honest person will return to sender but there are a lot of people who just take it as a free present on their porch.

I’ve also had packages marked as delivered a few times and then they show up a day or two later, like the delivery guy got lazy or was taking shortcuts and skipped the house.

There’s several possibilities as to where your packages are going, personally I would order something super cheap from amazon and set up cameras to see what happens, that way you’ll know if it’s actually being taken or never even delivered in the first place.

Post # 19
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I ordered a Nintendo 3DS off Groupon, and lived in an apartment building at the time where the door person had to sign for the packages. Since a bunch of packages could come at once, I believe what happened was that she signed for the group of them and didn’t actually look at the things that came in. My tracking number said delivered. A week later, no package. I eventually got a CREDIT back from Groupon (such BS), and the damn thing still never showed. Still don’t know if it was the front desk lady (which I really don’t think it was), or the delivery guy. Either way, annoying AF.

Post # 20
2573 posts
Sugar bee

I always leave a note on my door saying not to leave packages unattended since I have this exact worry. I then call before they redeliver and ask that they hold it at the depot for me to pick up.

Post # 21
378 posts
Helper bee

Most packages I receive are delivered by UPS.  Go to their website and check out “My UPS” on their home page.  I signed up for this a few years ago and haven’t had a problem with missing packages since.  It’s free, though they do have a premium option and I get alerts as soon as a package is delivered to my address. 

Post # 23
2087 posts
Buzzing bee

soontobewilson:  Yeah definitely report it. Theft is theft, and the police will want to do something about it. 

I would also talk to UPS or whoever you’re getting shipments from. They can either hold your packages at the sorting facility for you to pick up, or work out some other system with you that doesnt involve leaving your stuff on the step (leaving things with neighbors or tossing packages over your fence.) You can also tape a note inside a close window if you have one (and make sure its inside so it cant be removed) and say that there is a problem with theft and please do not leave packages. 

If it makes you feel any better, they probably arent going to try and rob your house or anything. People like to think of crimes like this as no big deal, because they just drive around and pick up packages as they see them. They usually arent sitting around getting peoples routines down or anything.

Post # 24
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Greenspot Farms

Commenting to follow and hear the update about what happens! That is so crummy and has happened to me a few times but never regularly. Good luck!!

Post # 26
509 posts
Busy bee

This also happened to me, my weekly lite and easy boxes got stolen!!!

we already had cameras up when it got stolen, i watched the guy come from across the road, put his hood over his head and do like mission impossible to get the box. bastard..


i now get all my deliveries to work… 

Post # 27
2109 posts
Buzzing bee

Thats awful, it never ceases to amaze me how low and entitled some people are.


Post # 29
7418 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can always request your packages be sent with a signature required for delivery. 


Post # 30
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Ugh that’s awful, I always worry about this as we live in a kind of rough area but we both work from home so we are usually around to grab packages. Do you have a side or back door where they could be left instead in special instructions?

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