Thief takes package right off woman’s front porch in Mid City

Package thieves already striking ahead of holiday season

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - We’re not even to Thanksgiving, much less to the heart of Christmas, but package thieves are already on the lookout to try to steal something right off your front porch.

A video from a viewer shows a package thief stealing a box right off her front porch in the Mid City neighborhood in broad daylight. Now, neighbors nearby will be taking extra precautions with their packages.

“We’ve seen many reports of people stealing packages; never thought it would be us,” said the homeowner, who did not want to be identified.

The thief was caught over the weekend by the Ring door bell system.

"We definitely felt like it was an invasion of our privacy, because even though it's still outside and anyone can walk up to our front porch, it is still our home, our property," said the homeowner.

The incident took place on Glenmore Avenue.

"From our front porch, then just took it in his car and drove off," she said.

One woman who has lived in the neighborhood since 2002 says it has been an ongoing issue.

“It kind of slows down in the winter because it’s too cold for them to go stealing,” she said.

Most neighbors WAFB spoke with say they usually get their packages delivered regularly at their front door, but that could soon change.

“I just have them deliver it and I never really think about coming to get it, but when you tell me that, I’m definitely going to be looking out for sure,” said Melissa Palmer, a neighbor.

Police call it a crime of opportunity, when thieves are trying to steal something off someone’s front porch when they aren’t home, thinking they won’t get caught.

“People now-a-days have the video on their doorbell, so we’re catching more and more of these criminals committing these crimes,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Sarah Laenger also lives in that same neighborhood where the burglary happened, and directs Amazon to deliver her items in a particular way.

“To please leave them in my screen-in porch. I have a screen-in porch they can just slip it in, literally right here, and you can just open the door and slide it in. Or you can leave it on the back porch,” said Laenger.

BRPD has some tips to help prevent these types of theft.

“Arrange for someone to be there, have someone sign for your package. If nobody’s there, you have to pass by the place of business to pick it up,” said Sgt. McKneely.

Amazon also has a Hub Locker at the Whole Foods on Corporate Boulevard where you can have your items delivered.

The stolen package contained shoe organizers.

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