VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KTEN) — Van Alstyne police are giving residents an extra layer of protection against holiday season porch pirates.

"It's a prevention tool just to keep the thieves from targeting our citizens," said Chief Tim Barnes. "So what better place to drop off than the police department?"

The chief said letting the public address their packages to the police station instead of their home can bring peace of mind. 

"It gives opportunity for there not to be a package to steal," Barnes said. "If it's not there, you can't take it. It's been a great success every year, and we will continue to provide the services as long as we can."

Johnna Rosenthal is already taking advantage of this program.

"It's a lot of money... a lot of time... a lot of effort to replace or whatever you need to do with it, and our Van Alstyne PD has always been great," she said. 

To pick up a package delivered to the police station, you just have to show your ID. 

"I would encourage our citizens to do so quickly, because there is not a lot of space down there," said Van Alstyne Mayor Jim Atchison. "So the sooner we can get the packages delivered from the police department, and they can get picked up by the citizens, the smoother it will work."

The police department is open 24/7, so citizens can pick up their packages any time of the day. The free service will continue until January 1.