Theft Trend: MA Police See Uptick in Xmas Gift Porch-Pickers


Police in the Boston area say that thefts of Christmas gift parcels from stoops seem to be a growing trend this year, reports the Boston Globe. Cases have been reported in Somerville, Wellesley, Medford and Quincy. A father-daughter duo and a part-time UPS worker were also arraigned yesterday in Quincy District Court on separate larceny charges. The dismal state of the economy – and the uptick in online shopping and shipping – seems to be making conditions ripe for porch-picking.

“There seems to be more of a rash this year,'' said Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan. An October consumer survey found that nearly 47 percent of consumers intended to do at least some of their shopping online, up from 44 percent last year, the National Retail Federation reported. That makes for plenty of deliveries. The United Parcel Service alone expects to deliver some 120 million packages this week. Somerville Police Capt. Charles J. Femino said, “This type of crime at this time of year is not unique to Somerville, but I can't say that I've seen it on this scale before.”

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