Home cameras are effective antidote to ‘porch pirates’
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Home surveillance cameras appear to be making a difference in the battle against “porch pirates” — people who steal packages off stoops and porches during the holiday season.
An East Allentown woman tells The Morning Call that she had a small camera installed above her door and has had packages sit outside for hours without a problem.
Contrast that with a rooming house in Bethlehem without a camera where the newspaper reports 13 packages have been reported stolen this month. Some contained expensive items like jewelry.
Police say the cameras make a difference in fighting what they described as major increases in package thefts during the holiday season.
They say other solutions include seeking the help of neighbors or using mail drop-off services.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com