Millions of packages are delivered during the holidays, but millions are also stolen.
A Rogers man who wants to remain anonymous, said he’s had quite a few packages delivered to his front door lately. He tracks and pays attention to the delivery notifications.
It wasn’t until last week that he realized the packages were being stolen.
In footage captured by his Ring video doorbell you can see the thieves are children.
After looking through days of footage the man said he noticed they grabbed items multiple times.
He then contacted police who said this is very common during the holidays.
“Package theft is a crime of opportunity, they don’t necessarily set out to steal from your house but say they’re trolling through your neighborhood, and they see a package at your front door and don’t see anybody around, so they’re going to go up and take it,” said Keith Foster from the Rogers Police Department.
To keep your packages from getting stolen police suggest you: track your delivers to know when they’ll arrive, ask a neighbor to grab the item if you’re not home, ask the mail service to put it in a safe place or on your back porch, and if something is taken notify your neighbors and try to find any surveillance footage in the area.
“Of course we’re going to do a neighborhood canvas. We go and we talk, certainly if we notice they have cameras, and we’re just looking for that extra little piece to help us identify it,” said Foster.
If you’re a victim police remind you to always report it and let them handle the situation.
“Let us be your advocate, let us be on your side,” said Foster.
Since the incident, the victim said he has talked to one of the kid’s parents and they’ll repay him for what was stolen.
Police departments around the area said officers are on the lookout for packages being stolen and those who are caught could face federal charges.