Roanoke County Police offers advice to prevent “Grinches” from stealing Christmas

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County Officer Thurman Butts says package theft has not been a problem so far this year, but that does not mean it will not become one.

He advises those getting packages delivered to utilize tracking information, to ensure they will be home at the time of their order’s arrival.

“I think the word is finally getting out on more security and more precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of your packages because like I said, nobody wants the Grinch to literally come and steal their Christmas off of their front porch,” the police officer explained.

Butts continued saying online ordering has been on the rise and suggested having trusted neighbors collect your packages if you can not be home at the time of your packages’ arrival. He also suggested asking the postal service to hold packages if enough notice can be given.

Larry Smith, a Roanoke resident, said his neighbors have recently experienced theft, and he too has noticed items missing or moved surrounding his home. He said in an effort to protect himself, he’s purchased a “ring” doorbell.

“It shows up at night, night time. It makes you feel much more secure,” Smith explained.

He also said he has purchased more locks as well.

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