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Porch Pirate” Bill to Crack Down on Theft of Delivery Packages

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Ridgewood NJ,  In 2017, 25.9 million Americans had a holiday package stolen from their front porch or doorstep—more than the 23.5 million porch thefts reported in 2015. The number of package thefts occurring across the nation continues to rise with each passing year.

To combat these thefts, which are most popular during the holiday season, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak has introduced legislation to crack down on “porch pirate” crimes and bolster state penalties for package theft from New Jersey homes.

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New Jersey State Police : How to stop a holiday Grinch

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Ridgewood NJ, We are well into the 2018 holiday season. Black Friday is over. Cyber Monday is over. But holiday shopping is far from over. The seasonal shopping tidal wave won’t break for weeks to come, and this means you can expect big crowds at the malls and frequent home deliveries to online shoppers.

Unfortunately, this season of giving also inspires those who mistakenly think it’s a season of taking. During this time of year, package thieves target neighborhoods, seeking to steal unattended packages delivered while you’re away or at work. Our patrols are on the lookout, but there are a few steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of package theft.

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United States Postal Service holiday package theft prevention/awareness campaign

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Midland Park NJ, from the Midland Park Police Department :

Midland Park residents………
From the United States Postal Service….The U.S. Postal Inspection Service would like to notify local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel that due to the increased amount of holiday deliveries USPS employees will be working extended holiday hours including delivering mail through the evening hours and they may be utilizing non-USPS vehicles.

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Dog poop, GPS trackers and security cameras: Cracking down on Christmas package thieves


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They operate in the middle of the day, when many residents are at work and the delivery vans are making their rounds.

They tend to follow FedEx, UPS and U.S. mail workers down streets, on the lookout for packages they can nab. Some even dress in uniforms to avoid suspicion.

As Internet retailers make big gains against shopping malls this holiday season, “porch pirates” have been out in force stealing their piece of the pie.

Customers are increasingly using Amazon, EBay and other retailers to buy goods they previously purchased in stores — especially around Christmas, when UPS delivers more than 30 million packages per day in the week before the holiday.

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Three Arrested in Ridgewood Package Theft Ring

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December 22,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Police ,Ptl. Patrick Elwood conducted a motor vehicle stop on a white colored Honda on December 14, which matched the description of a vehicle which had reportedly been involved in the theft of packages from front steps of homes in the area.

Upon further investigation the three occupants were arrested at the scene and transported to police headquarters for further investigation. The vehicle was impounded at the scene and transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters. The driver signed a Consent to Search form and within the vehicle many stolen items were discovered. The three male occupants were served with Compliant Summons for Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Conspiracy. The driver was also issued three motor vehicle violations and all three arrestees were served with Complaint Summons and released with pending court appearances.

If any residents know they are missing packages, please contact the Ridgewood Police Department.

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Ridgewood Police Recover Stolen Merchandise


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Ridgewood NJ, If any residents are missing UPS or Fed Ex packages that were scheduled to be delivered to your home today please confirm with the carrier that they were delivered. If the items were confirmed delivered and are missing contact Detective Shortway of the Ridgewood Police Department 201-251-4536. We are currently in possession of several articles recovered during an investigation into package thefts.

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How To Outwit Porch Pirates And Hackers During The Holiday Shopping Season

December 10,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. You could become the target of hackers out to steal your credit card or bank information, or “porch pirates” who prey on those packages left on your doorstep.

“Consumers need to take proper precautions if they don’t want their holiday merriment turning into holiday gloom,” says Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (, a company that specializes in cyber security.

Changing all your passwords frequently is one way to protect what’s yours. Deleting smartphone or tablet apps you don’t use is another smart move, Miliefsky says, because many of those apps may be malware that spies on you.

Even porch pirates – generally seen as low-tech thieves who simply cruise neighborhoods looking for packages – can go high tech by infiltrating your smartphone where they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.

“Both porch pirates and hackers count on people being lax with their defenses,” Miliefsky says. “But with a little preparation you can thwart their plans.”

He offers a few tips for doing just that:

• Shop online only from websites you trust. If you don’t know where the merchant is located, don’t shop online there. If they don’t have a corporate address or are located in another country, it could be iffy whether you ever see the goods you think you purchased. Also, if their shopping-cart experience is not an HTTPS browser session, then everything you type in – your name, address and credit-card information – is going over the Internet unencrypted, in plain view.
• Pay with credit cards rather than debit cards. If you experience identity theft, credit card laws allow you to keep all of your credit immediately, with no responsibility during an identity theft or fraud investigation. With a debit card, your bank’s policy can be to tie up your money in the amount of the fraudulent transactions for up to 30 days. Some have been known to take up to 60 days to resolve the issue.
• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.
• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safe keeping.

“It’s wonderful that you can go online and track down those hard-to-find gifts that aren’t available in local shops,” Miliefsky says. “Just make sure you’re taking measures to help keep you and your personal information safe. The holidays will be a whole lot brighter if you do.”

About Gary S. Miliefsky

Gary S. Miliefsky is founder of SnoopWall Inc. (, a cutting edge counter-intelligence technology company offering free consumer-based software to secure personal data on cell-phones and tablets, while generating revenues helping banks and government agencies secure their networks. He has been active in the INFOSEC arena, as the Executive Producer of Cyber Defense Magazine and a regular contributor to Hakin9 Magazine.