LANCASTER – Officials say be on the alert for porch pirates.” These “pirates” love to steal items delivered and left on your porch. They have numerous tips to keep you from being a victim. Consider having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor who will be home when you are away. Use delivery companies that have a lock box where you can pick-up packages rather than having them delivered. Use mail services that require signatures for delivery. Sign-up for tracking alerts and have packages delivered to your workplace, rather than your home. Tell out-of-town relatives who might be mailing gifts where to safely send packages. If someone steals your package, please report it. This helps in investigations and determining trends and allows authorities to direct resources when we can see patterns emerging.