SIOUX FALLS, SD - The package you ordered is at the top of a thief's Christmas list. A quick Google search, and you can see surveillance video of criminals stealing packages off people's porches. That has Sioux Falls Police warning you to be alert.
Within the last day, officers have received three reports of stolen packages. An area property manager sent out a letter to tenants to help them avoid package pirates.
Even if you have a guard dog or cat peeping out the window, it's not enough to keep thieves from getting their claws into your special deliveries.
"Some of them opt to take their chances and have them dropped off at their front door," Drew O'Brien, Lloyd Companies Regional Manager, said.
That's a welcome sight for area Grinches.
"This happens a lot. It's not just this time of year. It's throughout the year people have packages that are delivered and then they disappear," Sam Clemens, Public Information Officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department, said.
Lloyd Companies is reminding its tenants they can have packages delivered to office areas in apartment buildings or town home communities, and property managers will keep them safe.
"They're more than happy to accept that package for you and hold onto it until you come home to make sure it's taken care of," O'Brien said.
O'Brien says Lloyd Companies has this option for its 6,000 units all year.
"It's just multiplied obviously because the number of packages we get is much, much greater this time of year than throughout the year," O'Brien said.
Even if you have someone keeping an eye on your front porch, it's not a bad idea to keep your packages out of sight.
"We take those precautions, so hopefully everyone is able to get their Christmas presents under the tree," O'Brien said.