These ‘pirates’ don’t have ships and they don’t say ‘arrr!’

(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Ring)
(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Ring)

NORFOLK — Ordering merchandise online is the norm and has restructured the way people shop.

Getting a package delivered to your door feels like Christmas morning–until “porch pirates.”

“Any packages left unattended can be a target for thieves,” said Daniel Hudson, a public information officer for the Norfolk Police Department.

Norfolk is the first in the state to join the “Neighbors” app by camera doorbell company, Ring.

The app allows residents to anonymously post and follow crime-related information, photos, and videos for other neighbors to see.

Related Story: Norfolk Police hope to cut crime with this new community app

Police said there are few ways to prevent pirates from invading your porch.

Tracking your package and making sure someone is home to receive it is ideal, but “a visible surveillance camera, even a fake one, and a company sign near the front door will often deter a thief,” Hudson said.

Customers can also require a signature for delivery, or if it’s easier, have packages delivered to their place of work.

Online retailers have also taken steps to prevent package theft by offering options like delivery lockers and “in-store pick-up.”

Police also said residents should be on the lookout for anyone suspicious watching a house or following a delivery truck and always report the theft to local law enforcement.

“Call 757-441-5610 and provide as much detail as possible like a vehicle description, license plate number, individual description, or last direction of travel,” authorities said.

To learn more about Ring, click here.

To download the Neighbors app, click here.

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Lucretia Cunningham is a multimedia journalist at Southside Daily covering hyper-local stories in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Her stories focus on public safety, tourism, and city government. She is a Virginia transplant and military spouse originally from Chicago. Lucretia also served on active duty from 2006 to 2016 and started her journalism career as a broadcaster in the Virginia Air National Guard. When she’s not covering stories on the Southside, she’s covering stories with her Air National Guard unit.