Community Outreach

Message from the Sheriff

Porch Pirates 

With the holidays vastly approaching, Barry County Sheriff would like to remind everyone of porch pirates and mail thieves. Below are tips to help keep your mail and packages safe...

  • Don't leave your mail or parcels unattended, especially overnight.
    • If you may not be home for a bit after the delivery and you know your delivery drivers pretty well, you can ask them to tuck your packages out of view.
    • If you have a stay-at-home neighbor, enlist their help.
    • You could also get a lockbox for your front porch.
  • Consider an alternate shipping address.
    • Some employers will allow you to ship small amounts of personal items to your work location. Inquire whether your employer will allow you to do so, and plan your shipment accordingly.
    • If you're ordering from a local place, opt for curbside pickup.
    • Hold your mail at the Post Office. UPS and FedEx may let you schedule a pickup.  Amazon also offers lockers.
  • Track your packages!
    • The US. Postal Service provides real-time tracking for a wide-range of products. UPS and FedEx also offer similar features. subscribe to email alerts to know when your package will be delivered. The U.S. Postal service offers a service to preview your mail and manage packages. To sign up go to
  • Customize your delivery.
    • FedEx, UPS and the US. Postal Service all offer options to require a signature upon delivery, change the time and location of a delivery, or hold a package until you are able to receive it.
    • USPS even allows you to redirect most packages while in transit. There is a fee associated with some of these services.
  • Install security cameras on your residence.
    • Surveillance video and images help law enforcement catch mail thieves and bring them to justice, but most thieves know to stay away from homes with visible security cameras.

How to report stolen packages

  • File a police report
  • Contact the sender (ex: Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and USPS) to find out their procedure for stolen mail/parcel

Sheriff D. Boyd



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