Washoe Sheriff looking for volunteers to help stop porch theft

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for volunteers from the unincorporated areas of Washoe County to help with a sting operation targeting thieves who try to steal packages left at homes' doorways.

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The operation is scheduled for areas throughout the county over the next several weeks due to the typically high number of package deliveries during the holidays.

Residents interested in volunteering their porches for this operation are asked to contact Detective Josh Jenkins at (775) 857-8754, or by email at jjenkins@washoecounty.us.

Other steps residents may take to help prevent package theft include:

Track packages and try to be home when they arrive, or ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up the package
Have packages delivered to your workplace, if possible
Ask the delivery company to require a signature before leaving
Have the package held at the delivery company for pickup
Install security cameras at your home
Report suspicious activity to law enforcement

For additional holiday safety tips, visit the WCSO Staying Safe page.