Albuquerque neighborhood considers putting out decoy packages to deter thieves

FILE - In this June 30, 2011 file photo, a United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped “Prime Day” sale on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, but some shoppers were disappointed by the offerings. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s something people hear about every year during the holidays, thieves stealing packages right off front porches.

But now, an Albuquerque neighborhood is considering a new way to deal with it.

Leonor Cormish’s schedule revolved around waiting for her package Wednesday, a 48 inch TV.

“I’ve been waiting and waiting,” said Cormish.

The Nob Hill neighbor said she’s heard all too often what can happen if a package stays on the porch too long.

“I call and I ask them where’s my TV and they say oh we left it at the porch of your house and it’s not here, because somebody tried to take it,” said Cormish.

So when an idea to trick thieves popped up on Nob Hill’s Nextdoor site, Cormish said it’s an idea she could get behind.

“It would be a good lesson for them to see the neighborhood getting together,” said Cormish.

The post presented an article from a previous neighborhood that tried it in another state. It also presented a plan to leave a decoy package on the porch, filled with anything but a desirable gift.

“I don’t know, Styrofoam or something,” suggested one neighbor.

“If you put a little blow up thing like they do at the banks so that you’ve got dye all over you, that would be really good,” said another neighbor.

The hope is when a thief opens up the package, it will make them not want to come back.

“I think it would be great because it’s like when you order something that is a specific present for someone, then it’s gone and you can’t get another one, it’s gone,” said Richard Turner.

People on Nextdoor proposed leaving a lot of items in the boxes, including dog poop.

The plan is also something Albuquerque Police aren’t completely against.

“I don’t know if it will necessarily deter the thieves, but I think it’s amazing karma,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixier.

That means in the future, a Nob Hill package sitting in plain sight, could carry an unpleasant surprise.

On Nextdoor, neighbors also came up with the idea to make the packages colorful and stand out.

Police did encourage neighbors not to chase the thieves or do anything too extravagant that puts them in danger. APD added that home surveillance video is always the best tool to help police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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