ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) — Some police departments are trying new methods to catch criminals known as “porch pirates.”
The thieves steal packages left on door steps, so police are now working with local homeowners to lure criminals. Officers pack a common delivery item inside a regular shipping box along with a GPS tracking device and leave it in the doorway.
Police in Arcadia say more than 100 suspected thieves have taken the bait.
Some departments are deliberately putting higher priced items in the bait packages which could result in a felony conviction.
To avoid being a victim, police say you should have packages delivered to a location where someone can receive them in person. like a neighbor’s house or even at work.