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A police department in California is trying to catch porch pirates with fake packages this holiday season.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety announced on social media last week that it had placed several counterfeit packages outside homes across the city, which is located in the Santa Clara Valley.


“Porch pirates beware, you never know what’s inside the package you’re trying to steal!” The department wrote on Twitter next to a picture of a fake package. “Steal a package and you could end up with more than what you want.”

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“Free visits are offered daily to the prison,” the police warned.

The notice comes amid the peak holiday shopping season when consumers fill up their virtual carts even more.

During last year’s holiday season, porch thefts increased by 7%, according to a survey conducted by C+R Research.

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But the theft did not stop even after the holidays.

In the past 12 months, 49 million Americans nationwide had at least one package stolen, according to a new survey by Security.org.

The survey results showed that the majority of thefts occurred in Alaska, followed by Delaware, Nevada and New York.

By comparison, Maine, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Georgia had the lowest rates of theft, making them the safest places for state delivery.

Granthshala News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.