DAYTON — Local law enforcement keeps warning about a string of car break-ins and now porch pirates.
News Center 7′s Candace Price explained what consumers should do to keep from becoming a victim.
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Nikolas Blecki of Centerville said, “I had a couple of packages stolen from my porch.” He said his packages were delivered a couple of weeks ago, but he never received them.
“Someone must have swiped it off before I got home,” he said. According to Blecki, he got a refund, but wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I got myself a Ring doorbell.” He said he bought it on Cyber Monday after the recent thefts.
He said, “I wanted to make sure I have it on video this time.”
Police said there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from porch pirates:
- Have packages delivered to work
- Turn tracking on for your delivery
- Have someone sign for it
- Get a camera doorbell
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Police are continuing to investigate a string or car break-ins around Montgomery and Warren counties that they said are connected to a group out of Cincinnati.
Donna Maines of Waynesville said, “I have a good alarm on my car.” She said she is concerned about the car break-ins and she takes precautions.
“I would never leave my purse when I do leave it in the car. It’s in the trunk.”
Miamisburg Police said they have been able to identify suspects in the recent thefts and arrests have been made.
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