Current Crimes and Trends

porch pirate

Over the past several weeks when Illinois residents have been asked to stay home in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, online shopping has surged. Thefts involving thieves who steal delivered packages from buyer’s front steps, more commonly referred to as “Porch Pirates” have been on the rise, with Buffalo Grove Police taking more than ten reports of this crime in the past two weeks alone.

The department would like to provide further resources to online buyers in an attempt to help them keep their packages, theirs.

In regards to shipping companies, many offer a “signature required” option, where the purchaser, or home owner, needs to be present to sign for a package. While this may require additional costs, it can be very helpful, especially when purchasing a higher-priced item. Also, some companies will deliver during a set time frame which the buyer can be made aware of; or you can request delivery during a certain time window, both of which ensure someone is present at the time of delivery.

Those who use Amazon for their purchasing and delivery needs may not be aware of “Amazon Hub Lockers”. Defined as “…secure, self-service kiosks where you can pick up your Amazon packages when it’s convenient for you”; Buffalo Grove currently has two locations: 175 McHenry, at the Chase Bank, and 201 N. Milwaukee, at the Speedway Gas Station.

For those still looking to have packages delivered to their residence when no one is able to be home, there are several options. A box, secured to the porch by bolts or a chain, where the package is placed inside and locks upon closing, is a great option for deliveries.


Video doorbell systems are also helpful in letting the buyer know when movement is detected, whether it be the delivery or a thief.

Neighbors can also be a great resource in keeping your packages secure! If you are expecting a delivery, ask a trusted neighbor who will be home during the time of delivery to keep an eye out for it.