Porch Pirate poaches parcel in Prince Edward County

A roaming grinch has made the season less bright for one local family.

The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a theft on Monday November 30, 2020 shortly before 3:30 p.m. A parcel had been delivered to its intended recipient’s mail box. The recipient returned home to retrieve it and noticed the parcel was no longer there.

According to a social media post, the theft occurred on County Rd. 2 near McFaul Rd. and was a one-of-a-kind t-shirt for a young man, ordered by his mother and destined to be open Christmas morning.

Prince Edward OPP are asking anyone with information regarding this theft to call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.   

 The OPP has some helpful tips to curb the theft of deliveries from the front porch of homes as the holiday season approaches. Often referred to as “porch pirates”, these thieves steal packages that are left at someone’s residence when no one is at home to accept the parcel. 

Keep delivered packages safe from “porch pirates”:

·        Request a signature on delivery

·        Ship the package to a trusted neighbour or relative who will be home

·        Have the packages delivered to your work – if allowed by the employer

·        Track your deliveries on-line so you know when they’re slated to arrive and plan    

to be home upon delivery  

·        Opt for in-store or curb-side pickup wherever possible

·        Install video cameras and post signage to indicate surveillance is in effect

·        Request the package be left out of sight at a rear or side door

If package are stolen from your home, report the incident to your local police and the shipping company. If you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood contact your local police or Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).