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'Porch pirates' foiled again by Van Alstyne police

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Van Alstyne police offer a service to deter "porch pirates." (KTEN) Van Alstyne police offer a service to deter "porch pirates." (KTEN)
Van Alstyne residents can have their packages delivered to the police station. (KTEN) Van Alstyne residents can have their packages delivered to the police station. (KTEN)

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas -- People who beat the crowds to do holiday shopping online face another kind of challenge: Package theft.

On September 1 in Texas,  package theft became a felony crime. 

"You see all the time on the news, you see where people are getting their packages stolen," said online shopper Jency Coker. "I don't think that's very good, especially at Christmas time."

The busiest time of the year for online merchants is also a peak period for porch pirates.

That's why police stations across the country are letting citizens ship packages directly to them.

"There's no other safer place to have your package delivered than the police department," said Van Alstyne police Chief Tim Barnes. "Instead of sending it to their house where they may be at work and not there 24/7, they can come by here and pick it up."

"If we are going to be camping, or we're going to be out of town, then we would definitely use it," Coker said.

"Everybody wants their packages delivered here so they don't have to worry about it," Chief Barnes said.

Van Alstyne police will accept your packages secure them until January 1.  Just have your boxes mailed to:

242 North Preston Avenue
Van Alstyne, TX 75495

You'll need a valid ID card to pick up your packages. Call 903-482-5251 for more information.

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