Police have arrested a Janesville man suspected of stealing a package from a home’s front porch, according to a news release.
Jamie J. Boudreau, 32, of 740 Milton Ave. was arrested Jan. 19 on charges of theft, criminal trespass and probation violation.
On Jan. 16, a homeowner reported the theft of a package from the front porch of a house on the northeast side. When the homeowner noticed his package wasn’t on his porch, he checked his doorbell camera and found footage of a man stealing it, according to the release.
The homeowner shared the video with police, who then circulated still images to patrol shifts in an effort to identify the thief. An officer saw Boudreau walking down the street wearing the same clothing as the thief in the video and arrested him, according to the release.
Janesville police shared tips to help prevent packages from being stolen:
- Buy a rugged lock box. Residents can instruct delivery services during online checkout to key in the box’s combination and deliver packages securely. The combination can be changed when residents think they’ve given it out too many times.
- Install security cameras. Thieves often look for cameras before attempting a theft. If a package is stolen, homeowners have video evidence to provide to police and online stores.
- Most modern security cameras have phone apps to notify homeowners if someone is at their doors.
- Put up a security sign. If the other suggestions are too expensive or too much of a hassle, a homeowner can post a sign in his yard warning thieves that the home is under video surveillance or has alarms.
- Pick up packages as soon as they’re delivered, or have a neighbor collect them. Homeowners also should monitor the shipping progress of each package and pick it up as soon as it reaches its destination.
- Change delivery locations. Consumers can send packages to their workplaces or the homes of relatives who will be home when they’re delivered.