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Shaker Heights police looking for woman accused of taking packages from porches

Photo of the suspect (Source Shaker Heights Police) Photo of the suspect (Source Shaker Heights Police)
Photo of the suspect (Source Shaker Heights Police) Photo of the suspect (Source Shaker Heights Police)
Many packages are left on front door steps when no one is home. (Source: WOIO) Many packages are left on front door steps when no one is home. (Source: WOIO)
Police recommend you leave instructions to have the package hidden when it's delivered. (Source: WOIO) Police recommend you leave instructions to have the package hidden when it's delivered. (Source: WOIO)
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Police are looking for the woman accused of taking packages from porches throughout Shaker Heights.

Investigators are asking people to take a moment to recognize her clothing, behavior and mannerisms. If anyone recognizes the woman in the photos and video they are asked to call the police at 216-491-1234. People who give tips to police can remain anonymous.

Shaker Heights Police are asking people if they recognize anyone acting suspiciously in your neighborhood, contact police immediately. 

Megan Williams lives in Shaker Heights. She says she already takes precautions.

“I'm probably more aware than I should be, even living near the police station it's happening here, so we do help each other out,” she said.

Williams got two packages delivered on Friday. She has a system in place if she's not home.

“Usually if we order something we put a note in the order that we want to put them in the backyard behind the back door,” she said.

The postal service and companies like UPS and FedEx recommend people leave delivery instructions or request a signature. People can also get a tracking number so they know when it's been delivered or have packages delivered to work.

Amazon and FedEx even provide lockers in some cities where people can pick up the packages.

A new device called Package Guard looks like a Frisbee and sits on your front porch. It says “place package here” on it. It notifies the user on a cellphone as soon as they get a package and if someone takes it, it sounds a loud alarm to scare them off.

You can find more tips to protect your deliveries from FedEx here

Cleveland 19 found several packages sitting on porches in just one neighborhood. It’s becoming more and more common to get packages with the boom of online shopping.

“It's much more convenient and readily available, instant gratification. So yes, I have noticed a UPS truck here more frequently,” Williams said.  

It may be convenient, but it’s also convenient for thieves when packages are sitting at an empty house in plain sight.

Here is video of the Shaker Heights incident:

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