Criminals are up to their old tricks again this Christmas season with burglaries and other thefts being reported.
“I always hear about crime picking up near Christmas, but I never thought I would become a victim myself,” said one Yazoo City victim. “It’s a violation that you can never shake off once it happens to you. I am on extra alert now because I know it can happen to anybody.”
There have been a few local reports of thefts of packages left by mail carriers. Many packages are left on front porches or in garages when no one is home.
“One of my packages was stolen while the remaining ones were ripped open,” a victim said. “They didn’t take anything out of those, but they did kind of sift through it contents. I guess they didn’t want what was inside of the other ones.”
This type of criminal activity is on the rise across the country. The thieves have even been given a nickname...porch pirates.
One Yazoo City victim said she will now have her packages either delivered to her work or pick them up at the local post office.
“Perhaps you can even have your packages delivered to a neighbor that you know will be home to receive it,” she added.
Terry Gann, chief investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, said he hasn’t received any reports of package thefts in the county.
But Gann said he has noticed that burglaries in rural areas have began to increase with the Christmas season.
“We have handled three houses being broken into in the last two weeks,” Gann said. “In all cases, guns and televisions were taken from the homes.”
Gann said the recent burglaries have occurred in the northeast section of Yazoo County, particularly the Benton and Deasonville area.
“We are asking the public to please call us if they see any suspicious vehicles in their area,” Gann said. “People sometimes don’t call us because they think it’s nothing. But it can be something, especially this time of the year.”
To report any suspicious vehicles or activity in Yazoo City, call the police department at 746-1131. The Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 746-5611.