Greenville police holiday tracker is back

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Police in Greenville are bringing back a porch pirate crackdown effort for a second year.

The Greenville Police Department will be using GPS trackers inside packages at homes in the East to help catch people who are stealing holiday deliveries.

Officials said officers are working with residents to place the trackers in random neighborhoods.

They will also place trackers inside cars in busy shopping areas.

If someone takes a package, officers and dispatchers will receive an alert and will be able to track where that package goes.

Police Chief Mark Holtzman said they are so similar to regular packages and thieves won't be able to tell the difference.

The Chief said, "You really won't be able to tell which package will have them and which ones won't. We have ways to package them up so you really can't tell. So we just discourage you, don't remove those packages or you could get a visit from a police officer."

A recent study said nearly one in five people has either been a victim of a porch pirate or knows somebody who has.