2-day package theft operation helps police identify several porch pirates

FILE - Two-day package theft operation was conducted by SLCPD along with partners from the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office and the Utah Attorney General’s Office. (FILE Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- No arrests may have been made by the Salt Lake City Police Department but information gathered is likely to help officers identify habitual porch pirates.

The information gathered was during a two-day package theft operation by SLCPD along with partners from the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office and the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Amazon and Ring also assisted with the operation, a press release said.

The sting involved officers leaving several decoy packages throughout Salt Lake City as bait to potential package thieves. The packages used in the operation contained trackers that could be used to locate the various packages if they were stolen.

Officers were able to obtain information on several individuals believed to be involved in package thefts in Salt Lake City, and they are following up on that information, a press release said.

SLCPD says it is continuing to run similar stings throughout this holiday season.

Tips to avoid package theft are:

  • Track your packages; if possible, be home when packages are delivered.
  • Have packages delivered to a neighbor or business were someone can accept the package.
  • Have a neighbor watch for packages and place them in a safe location to be picked up later.
  • If you don’t have somewhere safe to have the package delivered, ask for it to be held at the shipper’s facility for pick-up.

If you are the victim of a package theft, or would like to file a report, call 801-799-3000 or report the incident online at SLCPD.com


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