ANDERSON, Calif- Police officers in Anderson are using fake packages with GPS tracking to catch porch pirates.
The sting operations began last week with community members volunteering their porches to place the decoy packages.
Officers say these type of operations are more efficient because officers can patrol other areas and an alarm will go off if someone takes the package.
“We usually have an officer of a detective that's monitoring these packages for a period of time conducting surveillance on it. So we have immediate eyes when it gets stolen but in the event that we're busy or tied up on a call we can still track these people down,” said Anderson Police Officer Mike Hallagan.
Officers add they are taking mail theft seriously.
“They need to know if they're coming to Anderson and stealing packages that one of them may end up being one of those decoy packages and they'd be arrested and taken to jail," said Officer Hallagan.