Metro police warn about package thefts as holidays near

Courtesy: Katie Harris/Metro Nashville Police Department
Courtesy: Katie Harris/Metro Nashville Police Department

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With the holidays quickly approaching, Metro police are warning about package thefts.

When Kate Harris’ husband suggested a doorbell camera system, he thought it would be a good “just in case” kind of purchase.

That “just in case” moment came a few days ago when someone stole items from their porch that the family had shipped to their home.

Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department
Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department

The theft was caught on camera.

“It is a little bit disconcerting,” Harris said. “It is 11 o’clock in the morning and he was there right after my postman.”

She continued, “It is frustrating and it makes you kind of sad because it is the holidays and you are just nicking people stuff right off the porch.”

Metro police said these types of thefts are a year-round issue, but the problem increases during the holidays because people are making more internet purchases.

The National Retail Federation estimates consumers will spend more than $100 billion on online purchases this holiday season, which is a seven to 10 percent increase over last year.

“Most of the time, you only get a time frame when the package might arrive and you don’t know when it might be there,” Sgt. Curt Capps said. “It’s a good idea to have a plan with your neighbors to watch for the package for you or accept the package so it doesn’t have to be left on the door.”

Sgt. Capps said Metro police also work with delivery drivers to get them to hide packages out of view if they must leave them on doorsteps or porches.

Metro police also suggests adding surveillance cameras to your property and making sure all of your neighbors call police when they see suspicious activity in the area.

Courtesy: Katie Harris/Metro Nashville Police Department
Courtesy: Katie Harris/Metro Nashville Police Department

“The neighbors are going to see things like that,” he said. “It is a great thing for them to let us know so we can look out for that. “

Harris got her items back after the thief ditched them in a neighbor’s yard. He apparently opened the boxes and didn’t want what was inside.

One of the items was a toy for her young child.

Harris posted the video from her porch on Facebook as a warning to her neighbors and in the hopes police could identify the thief.

She also gave police a copy of the video.

“Both my neighbors across the street have had things stolen from inside their homes in the last couple of weeks,” she said. “Two other people since I posted the video online two streets over have said they had stuff stolen off their front porch.”

Anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighborhood should call Metro police at 615-862-8600.