Police need you to report porch pirates — even if you get a refund
Refunds are skewing theft statistics, police say
Wellington County OPP are encouraging victims of porch thefts to report the crime so that they can launch a proper investigation.
OPP say they are hearing thefts have occurred but homeowners haven't reported the crime to police because they have received a refund from the sender.
Const. Joshua Cunningham, media relations officer for the Ontario Provincial Police in Wellington County, said that's handcuffing police in their investigation.
"Whoever the supplier is quick to turn around and a lot of times refund or resend another parcel to that victim," said Cunningham. "And because of that, the victims aren't reporting a lot of those cases to police and we're not aware of it."
Cunningham said knowing when and where the thefts have occurred allow police to investigate and look for trends. If not, property crime investigation numbers will be skewed.
Police say they tend to see an uptick in parcel thefts during the holidays due to an increase of online shopping.