Phoenix neighbors banding together to thwart package thefts

PHOENIX - The busiest online shopping days are right around the corner. Unfortunately, with the increase in package deliveries come more porch pirates.

"Around this area, it is common," said Judd Sampson.

The Greater Orangedale Neighborhood Association is taking a new approach.

"My wife Christina has tried to start the porch package program," said Judd Sampson, who helped started the neighborhood group with his wife.

Basically, the neighbors who are retired or work from home volunteer to collect and hold packages.

"When they see somebody drop off a package, they can go over and pick it up if it is okay with that person," Sampson said, who lives on 51st Street near Thomas Road.

"I like the idea. If I get something delivered to my house, I like to make sure I get it," said Bill Navarro, who lives down the street but had not heard of the program yet.

On Tuesday, a pregnant woman's maternity clothes were stolen at her doorstep.

The neighborhood is hoping all the extra eyes prevent it from happening again.

The community collaboration helps thwart thieves, and preserve perishables.

"Especially in the summertime when it is so hot outside, things can deteriorate in the heat," Sampson said.

It is taking off in the neighborhood informally.

The neighbors living next to the porch pirate's target told ABC15 they normally help out the victims.

"We watch for each other's packages. And unfortunately, this day they had not texted us to go over and pick up their package," said Christian Broadwell.

In this case, the thief did not get away with much, only make-up and maternity clothes.

The block is hopeful the pony-tailed bandit is picked up by police, just like the packages he stole.

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