Online shoppers reminded to beware of package thieves on Amazon Prime Day

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With lots of people shopping online for Prime Day and deals at other retailers, law enforcement is reminding people to take precautions when having packages shipped ((WSYX/WTTE)

Amazon Prime Day means prime time for online deal seekers. It’s also prime time for porch pirates.

Amazon said Prime members will have access to more than a million deals worldwide. Chenese Simmons will be among the many looking for a good deal, but she knows the worst case scenario of someone else taking her deal.

“My Amazon account said it was delivered. I got home and it wasn’t there," said Simmons.

Simmons was the victim of a package theft. According to a recent survey by neighborhood social network Nextdoor, 62% of their respondents have been victims of package theft. The problem exist in the city, suburbs and beyond.

Genoa Township Police Lieutenant Rick Lyon said the issue is not widespread, but happens and there are things that can be done to prevent it from happening to others.

“If you know a package is going to be delivered try to have somebody there or watching for the package so they can get it. We always suggest home security systems,” explained Lyon.

Simmons said she got the Ring doorbell app which allows users to see who is at their door on their cell phone. She also said she will be closely tracking her packages.

Lieutenant Lyon said people may want to consider having packages sent to a P.O. Box or, if possible, to their job.