A measure by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee), to deter and punish “Porch Pirates,” was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Jones’s Senate Bill 358 would allow judges to impose up to a year in jail on persons who steal packages from another person’s home, business, or along the delivery route. Specifically, SB 358 will equate packages and mail delivered by private carriers with those delivered by the United States Postal Service.
“The increase in Californians ordering more food, medicine, and other products for home delivery has unfortunately been accompanied with a rise in thefts of those items,” said Senator Brian Jones. “So-called ‘Porch Pirates’ often follow delivery trucks throughout a neighborhood and commit multiple thefts in the same day. Allowing judges to impose up to a year, rather than just 6 months, in jail should be an effective deterrent.”
SB 358 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the Southwest California Legislative Counsel. It goes next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.
I’ve caught a few of those “porch pirates” grabbing packages delivered to my house. A few were women and they got grabbed as well and thrown to the ground! It sure helps to know martial arts.
Not a deterrent. Hard labor and minimum of 5 years.
A year means nothing when they don’t even enforce the current 6 month. These lawmakers are clueless and simply go after low hanging fruit to bolster their win record.
I’ve caught a few porch pirates and beaten the crap out of them.
Two years ago, I had a round table and two upholstered chair sitting on my large front patio. At 2 am, I heard a car pull up at the curb with the engine running. I had already turned off the lights while getting ready to get some sleep. I walked to the window and saw a woman exit the car and head for my patio. She then started dragging one of the chairs off the porch and heading for the car. I stepped out, ran to where she was almost at the car and grabbed her. Pulled her to the ground. Put my knee on her back and held her down while I called 911 … The driver took off. The cops got there right away and arrested her. All this was recorded on my security cameras. Caught RED-HANDED!
If they try to steal a package (or anything) off my porch, they take their lives into their own hands. But now, I’ve solved the theft problem by using a P O box and all my packages get delivered there. The potential thieves should breathe a sigh of relief!
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