Officers warn of potential for shipped packages to be stolen

Columbus police are warning that package thieves are out there, waiting to steal your Christmas presents right off the front porch.

Police say that they see an increase in package thefts from homes at this time of the year. Lt Matt Harris, spokesman for the department, says that if you are expecting online orders to arrive, you can request that an adult must sign for the package. That will keep it from being left unattended on your porch or in your mailbox.

If you notice any suspicious people or vehicles driving in your neighborhood, you should report that activity to police. Or if you have video footage of packages being stolen or other suspicious activity, you can have officers check that out also.

For more information, you can call the police department at 812-376-2600.