MTPD Sees a Recent Uptick In Porch Pirate Attacks! - Here's Some Tips To Not Fall Victim!


The stay at home orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have driven online shopping to an all-time high.  Unfortunately, this has also driven up the activity of the porch pirate – a person who trolls a neighborhood looking for packages left on front porches.  The Manheim Township Police wanted to report this recent criminal activity to its residents and remind them of the following tips to protect themselves from porch pirates:

  • Have packages delivered when you know you will be home - this is most important for essential business employees.
  • Use tracking numbers and delivery notifications.  Most major shipping companies offer this service for free, and may also send you a text or email when your package arrives.
  • Ask family members, trusted neighbors, and/or friends to accept deliveries on your behalf or ask them to pick up your packages for you.
  • Request packages to be placed in a less conspicuous spot, such as a side door, or behind a planter or garbage can.
  • Install a smart security camera at your front door.
  • Request signature on delivery of packages, if possible.
  • Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood.  Be sure to report suspicious activity to the Manheim Township Police Department as it is occurring.  **Calling after the fact makes it much harder to thwart potential criminal activity.**

Additionally, residents should be aware of a secondary scam where thieves will order items and have them shipped to unaware third parties and use their front door as a drop location.  If you received a package you did not order, please call the shipping company and the Manheim Township Police Department to file a report.

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130,