Protect yourself from Charleston area porch pirates

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — If you’re doing your holiday shopping online, you’re not the only one anticipating the arrival of all those packages—so are porch thieves.

Mount Pleasant Police say this time of the year the amount of stolen packages heightens.

Police advise Mount Pleasant residents to ask a neighbor to keep an eye on their front porch if they’re expecting a package.

“One of the best things you can do is having your neighbors watch out for you.

If you see someone suspicious and somebody approaching a package that seems like they don’t belong, call us and have us check on it,” said Inspector Chip Googe with Mount Pleasant Police.

Other options are to have your package delivered to your work address and request a signature. You can also put a hold on your package if you plan to be out of town upon delivery.

If you’re online shopping is done on Craigs List or other social media sites that require an in-person transaction, Googe advises people to meet in public places or at a police station. The Mount Pleasant Police Department has a safe swap location.

“We have a camera set up that will catch the transaction, and it will allow us to go back and see it if anything does happen,” said Googe.

If the hairs on the back of the neck stand up, use that. Call us so that we can check on it,” he said.

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