Albuquerque Police warn about holiday package thefts

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque letter carriers say that during the holiday season, they can deliver up to 200 packages a day.

The holiday season means 10 to 12 hour work days for Mark Fahorowitz, a letter carrier. He begins his day at 7 a.m. in preparation of delivering hundreds of packages.

“For the 30 days of Christmas, that’s what it is, 30 days,” said Fahorowitz.

More packages being delivered means more opportunities for these so-called “porch pirates.”

Experts say now is the time to be extra cautious about where to leave packages, especially if no one is home.

“I try to leave it behind something so that it’s not visible from the street. If I have a house that there is no place to cover it, I have to use my discretion. Sometimes I leave them a slip and ask them to come pick it up at the post office. If I leave it out there the likelihood of it being there might not be, so I don’t take any chances,” said Fahorowitz.

Not only are the crooks bravely walking up to your front, they’re poaching the mail carriers.

“A lot of times they do follow us delivery people, not only myself, all of us. They see us drop a package off, they wait and as soon as we drive away, they pull up,” said Fahorowitz.

According to a new survey from insurancequotes.com, 23 million people said they have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them.

That’s why the Albuquerque Police Department is issuing a warning.

“One of the best ways to do it is have your package delivered to your place of work if your supervisor allows that. That way you know someone is there to sign for it and it’s not sitting out the whole day,” said Tanner Tixier with the Albuquerque Police Department.

APD also suggests having packages delivered to a neighbor who will be home.

Plus, UPS, FEDEX and USPS all have online or even phone apps available for customers to get their packages safely.

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