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Video Shows Edgewater Thieves Stealing Packages Behind Amazon Delivery Truck

Brazen daylight robberies have been taking place throughout the Edgewater and Andersonville neighborhoods. Recently a criminal duo was caught on a security webcam openly taking packages from residents’ porches and unloading them into a baby stroller.

According to residents, the package thieves were spotted following 20 minutes behind an Amazon delivery truck, hitting the deliveries one by one. New Amazon shipping options such as Prime Day, has sparked a sharp increase in the incidents.

The Youtube video, which can be see here, shows the man and woman strolling down the 1200-1400 block of Hood Ave. on October 12 around 2 p.m. inspecting vulnerable properties.  The male suspect enters the porch area casually smoking a cigarette as he demonstrates just how easy it is to commit the crime as he walks off with an envelope package.

According to August Home Inc, a provider of smart locks and smart home access products, there were 11 million package thefts in 2016 of which 76% were stolen during daytime hours when residents were gone. The company also says that U.S. homeowners receive an average of 27 packages each year, 26% receive deliveries at least once a week, creating opportunity for the thieves. During the approaching Holiday season, the number of thefts rise dramatically.

If you receive packages, there are things you can do to avoid issues. You can customize the delivery and require a signature. Also, you can authorize specific instructions to leave packages in a secure place.
It is also a possibility to request the items be held at the shipping center for pick up instead of a home delivery.

Notify police and the delivery company immediately if your package is stolen.

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