The Rochester Police Department is warning residents to beware of "porch pirates," or thieves who target home deliveries left unattended during the holiday season.
"There have been a couple reports of packages being removed from porches," the department said in a release on the city's website.
The department recommended a list of tips to avoid being targeted by those looking for easy pickings during the holiday shopping season.
"It's a good idea to have a plan for holiday package deliveries," the department said. "You can have items shipped to your work, or ask a neighbor who is home during the day to keep an eye out.
"In addition, tracking your packages, being available for delivery, requiring a signature and opting for an in-store pickup when available are all preventative measures."
The department also recommended keeping a security camera or doorbell camera pointed at your doorstep as a means of preventing thieves.
Police ask anyone observing suspicious activity or people to contact the police department at 248.651.9621.