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VIDEO: 'Porch Pirates' target packages left at Parkville homes

Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 17:40:30-05

If it weren't for Adam Tajfar's interest in tech gadgets, including his cameras he bought for his home off Avondale Road in Parkville, he and his neighbors may not have ever known what happened to an anticipated delivery. 

"I guess some people are going through some hard times and have to do some things for money and unfortunately they're shady things," Tajfar said. 

Just Saturday, Tajfar's home security camera spotted these shady two, dashing onto his neighbor's front porch and jetting off with a bundle of packages. 

"Unfortunately, it's turning out to be a pretty frequent occurrence. Probably three times this week I"ve heard of it happening -- a friend that lives a street up, it happened to them. It's happened to me in the past. Luckily, they only got some dog vitamins," Tajfar said. 

But in the thick of the holiday season, more and more packages are getting delivered. 

Baltimore County Police say these porch pirates are out there waiting and watching. 

"The safest thing to do is either have someone home or have a neighbor already on the lookout if you're going to have a package delivered," Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a spokesman with the department, said. 

Police also recommend people look into their own security systems, including installing Ring technology that'll spot anyone that comes to your front door. 

Still it's a nuisance for Tajfar and those on this block who've had it happen time and time again. 

"If somebody steals my credit card, I'll get that money back from the bank, but is Amazon going to refund me if my packages get stolen? So I mean, what do you do," he asked rhetorically. 

If you have a package from the USPS that you suspect was stolen, you can file a mail theft complaint. 

You can also do similar package tracking processes with Fedex or UPS. As for Amazon, the website recommends keeping tabs on deliveries with updates on your phone or email.