APD launching bait package program to stop porch pirates | KOB 4

APD launching bait package program to stop porch pirates

Joy Wang
December 06, 2018 10:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Albuquerque Police Department wants to prevent porch pirates from ruining people's holidays.


“Around town people are stealing packages from doorsteps. We know this is happening,” said APD officer Simon Drobik.

Fifteen percent of people who have their packages stolen report it to authorities, according to Drobik.

APD plans to work with Amazon and USPS to track where thefts are happening

“We put bait inside our packages, just like when we have bait cars,” explained Drobik. “Then we can track those when they're moved.”

Drobik recommends that people have their packages sent to a place where someone can take it inside.

“Make sure your neighbors have a system in place. Let them know hey if we see a package show up, I'm going to take it to my house,” Drobik said.

The United States Postal Service has a mail intercept system people can sign up. It allows customers to pick up their mail at a post office.

UPS and FedEx also have pick-up locations. Fed-ex is working with Walgreens and Albertsons.

Amazon also offers pickup at Whole Foods locations.

APD is looking for people to sign up for the bait package program. Interested participants can call, (505) 768-2256.


Joy Wang

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