Porch pirates are out in force during all seasons. While the holidays present more tempting targets, there is no time of year that is safe from people out to steal packages left on porches across the country. Unfortunately, current arrest rates for these thefts are low. Even with the widespread use of surveillance cameras and Ring security monitors in place, less than 10 percent of reported thefts ever result in arrests.

Not Just a Big City Problem

You might be surprised to discover that rural states have the highest reported package theft instances with North Dakota leading the way. In fact, CNBC reports that North Dakota residents are 26 times more likely to have packages stolen.

Ultimately, thieves have discovered that fewer people are watching, or specifically looking out for package thieves, in small towns across the country or rural areas. That makes it easier for them to take the packages without being discovered.

How Agencies are Responding

In the past, law enforcement has seemed powerless to effectively stop thieves in their tracks, though some law enforcement agencies are taking a novel approach to address the rising problem of porch pirates in their communities, including Greenville, North Carolina’s police department is placing GPS trackers in random packages in an attempt to catch thieves in the act. However, the department has announced that the true goal is deterrence.

They’re not interested in catching a lot of thieves in the act, but rather to discourage the thefts in the first place. Perhaps that is why they are being open about their efforts ahead of time rather than stating their intentions afterward.

There are things the WBTW report suggests people do in order to reduce their risks of being targeted by package thieves, including:

  • Require signatures for delivery.
  • Having packages delivered to alternate locations, such as work or community management offices.
  • Investing in doorbell cameras or whole home surveillance systems.
  • Ask for Amazon packages to be delivered to your garage.

Many people are surprised to learn that remaining home on the day of delivery provides littler deterrence to thieves and little protection for the packages. As they remain bolder in their efforts to grab and go with your packages, it is becoming more and more difficult for law enforcement to prevent these thefts.

GPS tracking for law enforcement agencies to follow the packages, once stolen, and make arrests without other factors getting in the way.

With the wide proliferation of automatic starters for cars and trucks, many Americans are convinced that it is good for your car to warm the engine before driving in winter. The truth is the opposite. While once upon a time, before fuel-injected engines, this was the way to go. The older carburetors required idling time to warm up so the car would run smoothly. Modern fuel injection ended the need for this practice back in the 1980s and 1990s.

Is Idling Bad for Your Car?

The sad reality is that idling in winter may make your car’s interior more comfortable and allow you to defrost your windows before setting off, but it isn’t exactly good for your car, your wallet, or the planet. Here’s what you need to know about idling in winter.

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Today, over 5.7 million individuals have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and presently there are more than 16.1 million caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., based on recent statistics by the Alzheimer’s Association.  National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month happens annually in November. That month is dedicated to the awareness of the disease and to honor the caregivers who are there for people with Alzheimer’s, and more.

But the awareness goes beyond the month of November. Some ways that you can become involved with the cause during the year include.

  1. Prepare for Future Challenges

The more you learn about this disease and how it progresses over the years, the more you’ll understand about it and the better able you’ll be able to:

  • Reduce your frustration
  • Prepare for challenges in the future
  • Foster reasonable expectations

For instance, during the early stages of your loved one’s Alzheimer’s, you can support their self-care and independence, but their physical and cognitive regression will mean they’ll ultimately need 24-hour care. While it might be difficult to contemplate such a hard outlook, the sooner you establish some plans, the more you can involve your loved one in the decision-making process.

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