Hudson -- The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving in most people. But in others, it brings out a spirit not so cheery -- the spirit of taking.
In recent weeks Hudson Police have received several reports of vehicles cruising up and down local streets, with occupants possibly looking for holiday packages and gifts to pilfer off of residents' front porches.
Hudson Police are urging residents to be careful this time of year. While online shopping may cut down on Christmas-time lines, it can lead to the loss of Web-purchased goods.
"Apparently there is a trend of people driving through neighborhoods looking for packages delivered to front porches since people are shopping online and having gifts delivered," Detective Kaija Jeantet said Nov. 30. "It's a fair assumption that the packages are nice gifts, so they are disappearing during the day."
For those who do shop online, gifts and packages should be delivered to a location where someone is there to receive the items, such as a workplace or a neighbor who is usually home.
"If people place an order, they should be vigilant in tracking the shipment online to predict its delivery," Jeantet said. "Also, they should check their porch every time they come home for anything tempting that is out there."
Hudson Police Chief Dave Robbins agreed.
"Boxes on the porch are also an indicator that someone may not be home, so in addition to a resident losing their packages, they also could be targeted for a burglary," he warned.
Robbins also had a warning for people using their home mailbox to send gift cards with checks or money orders.
"Use a drop box at a post office rather than your own mailbox," Robbins said. "An upright red flag lets the ne'er -do-wells know that there is something in the box, and we have taken a couple of those reports already."