SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – A woman from Sioux Falls sends a warning to the others to be on the lookout for porch pirates.
The other day she was expecting a package to be delivered to her front door and it was, but a few minutes later a porch hacker ripped it off and everything was filmed in surveillance video.
“On a Sunday afternoon, you wouldn’t expect this on our street, that’s for sure,” said Beth Schlup.
Watch this surveillance video carefully. You first see a red car drive past Beth Schlup’s house, followed by an Amazon delivery truck pulling up.
Beth was expecting a package that day, but she wasn’t home.
Amazon sent Beth a photo to let her know that her package has been delivered. But a few minutes later, it happened.
Surveillance video captures a woman coming to the front door, tries to open it, then grabs the package and leaves.
When Beth looked at her surveillance cameras, she couldn’t believe someone would be so daring.
“I kind of felt raped because when I looked at the camera I could see that when she approached the door she also tried to enter our house,” Beth said. .
She also thinks the woman had planned it well.
“I could see from our video that this car was probably tracking delivery from Amazon, so they’re just picking up packages just for a chance to get something good,” Beth said.
“Surveillance is usually the key to solving these types of crimes,” said Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer.
Police say porch hackers are on the rise every year.
“Obviously with the holidays approaching and more and more packages being delivered, I think there is a greater chance of that happening,” said Clemens.
Police recommend that if you are expecting a delivery but are not at home, arrange for it to be picked up later.
“It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but you know your package will be safe,” Clemens said.
Beth says that’s probably what she’ll do in the future, but for now, she just wants the others to know that if they’ve done it once, they’ll likely do it again.
“Someone should recognize her, I think,” Beth said. “If she gets caught, that’s one thing, but I really want people to know it’s happening.”
So far, no one has been arrested in this case.
Police also say that if you are expecting a package and are not at home, you can ask a neighbor or family member to secure it for you.