Kettering police urge residents to register surveillance cameras to catch ‘porch pirates’

Miami Valley News

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Officer Joe Ferrell of Kettering Police said there is an increase in all types of thefts this time of the year, but advances in technology like the Ring or Nest doorbells, are helping them catch criminals in the act, and all residents have to do to help is register their device.

In an effort to keep packages purchased from online shopping from ending up in the wrong hands, many Miami Valley residents have invested in surveillance cameras or video doorbells.

In Kettering, police are taking it a step further, and are getting people to register their devices online with them.

“All we’re asking for is real basic information,” said Ferrell. “Name, address, phone number, and where your cameras are located and how long the video is archived.”

He said it is too soon to tell if technology like these Ring or Nest doorbells are cutting back on these crimes of opportunity, but they are making it easier to catch the porch pirates.

“If there’s a crime in your neighborhood, we can look in that area and look at the address list and if one, two, or more residents have cameras, then our officers can contact them, ask them if they’ll let officers look at their video footage and we may catch a suspect, or a car, or maybe even them committing the crime in the act,” said Ferrell.

Ferrell said for those who live in an apartment complex or cannot buy a surveillance camera, they advise people to set up a specific time for packages to be delivered, when someone will be home.

“If not, then you can simply request that business hold the package for you,” said Ferrell. “They’ll notify you, usually via email now, and you can go and pick it up at their facility.”

And Amazon shoppers have another option.

It is possible to have packages delivered to the Whole Foods on Miamisburg Centerville Rd. or Speedway on Springboro Pike in Miamisburg, to the amazon locker. 

Once the package is delivered, you’ll receive an email with a six-digit code to unlock your locker, and you’ll have three days to pick it up.

If you are a Kettering resident interested in registering your device, click here.

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