MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Meridian Police Department is sending a message to the community on how you can prevent your packages from being stolen by porch pirates this holiday season.
"Traditionally, the city of Meridian does see an uptick package theft during this time of year,' Stephany Galbreaith, a spokesperson with the Meridian Police Department said.
Meridian police recommend having your packages mailed to your workplace if possible.
"Take advantage of that ship to store options available at local stores, request to have your packages have signature confirmation at delivery. If your packages are delivered at home, make sure someone is home to receive them," Galbreath said.
Officials also say to research and consider having security systems at your homes.
"Get to know your neighbors; your neighbors will look out for you. It always a great opportunity to have those extra eyes around and making sure package theft doesn't happen in your neighborhood," Galbreaith said.
For some Treasure Valley shoppers, it was a very different scene during this year's Black Friday. Some shoppers say the stores were less crowded and were able to purchase their items quickly and easily.
And with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the trend of shopping online is growing.
"Just in my neighborhood alone, just going out my window, seeing the Amazon trucks come through. People are doing a lot more online shopping," Pam Henry said while shopping at the Meridian Crossroads.