Package thief caught on camera in Charleston neighborhood

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Police are investigating a theft in the middle of downtown Charleston where a delivery worth hundreds of dollars was stolen.

The theft was caught on a front door camera and shows the thief walking up the steps, opening the package and taking what was inside — a $500 designer dress, according to the victim Callie Vanderbilt Esco.

Now she feels unnerved and disappointed.

“The guy felt comfortable enough to come up on the porch, take time to open the package and sit here and look through it and then took it,” said Vanderbilt Esco.

Vanderbilt Esco says that she knows her neighbors have been victims of porch pirates throughout the 10 years she’s lived in the area. It prompted her and her husband to buy a surveillance camera, with the hope of deterring crime. It didn’t work.

She is calling for additional precautions to be taken to stop porch pirates.

“I would love to see the delivery people bring it all the way up to the door, I would love increased patrol in the neighborhood. That’s always helpful with everything going on and just to see people be better citizens,” said Vanderbilt Esco.

The Charleston Police Department gave News 2 some helpful tips to keep your packages safe.

  • Have your packages delivered to a PO Box, a locker or your office.
  • Get delivery insurance.
  • Have your neighbors pick up deliveries if you’re not home.
  • Set up package tracking notifications.
  • Install security cameras on your property.
  • Require a signature for deliveries.

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