The Grinch has actually been plaguing Canada this holiday season as multiple reports continue to file in about thieves stealing people’s packages from their doorsteps. With multiple arrests and videos surfacing throughout the internet, Canada has frankly had enough of the people who have been stealing their packages and want something to be done about it.
Across multiple cities throughout Canada, packages have been stolen or even opened on people’s front porches. Thieves have been known to even follow delivery trucks and steal the packages as soon as they have been delivered, and it’s starting to become a major problem.
Edmonton had investigated over 17 porch thefts within the month of November alone. While Vancouver police received multiple reports of packages that have gone missing from people’s homes almost daily during recent weeks.
Yesterday, a Toronto man, Karel Vorlicek, was arrested after a variety of packages were stolen from porches in the Dovercourt and Bloor area in Ontario between Friday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 12.
Officers have continued to remind online shoppers to be careful during this time of year and arrange to be at home when packages are delivered. But with the mess that Canada has been facing this year, with Canada Post strikes and package delays, it has been quite difficult for people to manage that.
Package theft has gotten so bad that even the Vancouver police have had enough and are talking about using bait packages to catch some of these thieves.
While the Vancouver police refuse to go into too much detail about the situation, Sgt. Jason Robillard told CTV News, “We don’t like to share our techniques publicly, but I do have a message for thieves out there that the next time you take a parcel from someone’s doorstep, it could belong to your local police department,”.
Canadians have also reached out through Twitter to express their concerns and frustrations about the mass number of packages that continue to go missing this year.
@canadaposthelps ordered a Christmas gift from Amazon paid extra to have it rushed to us. Canada Post delivered it and left it on my step as no one was home. The package was then stolen!!! Why not leave a note for us to pick up depot?? Unimpressed— Garvin Hunter (@GarvinHunter) December 20, 2018
My package was stolen overnight and I lost everything 😢is there anything that can be done for me to get a new one?— Levon Jack (@GetYourLevon) November 24, 2018
Hey @Amazon, thanks for leaving my packages out in plain sight (on a busy street in downtown Toronto) where they were stolen shortly after. Not the kind of customer service I was expecting when I joined Prime. 🤔 @AmazonHelp pic.twitter.com/Pmf3s3Hapg— Jeff (@omgclassic) August 5, 2018
Great... now I have to go to Ottawa next week and deal with getting a visa in person because I don’t trust Canada Post or the porch pirates that steal mail.— Christina 🌱 (@416christina) December 7, 2018
@UPS_Canada I don’t understand why the couriers just drop the packages off at the front door and don’t ring the doorbell to let you know something was delivered. Lot of hassle if the item gets stolen— RCFL (@rose_cfl) December 17, 2018
@canadaposthelps I don’t think you read my message correctly. Canada Post left my package on my front step and it was stolen. This is not the fault of the sender,but rather your service. Why would you leave a large package on a step for people to steal? https://t.co/nwepeysqpK— Garvin Hunter (@GarvinHunter) December 21, 2018