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Township solves porch piracy cases through Neighbors app

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    Saginaw Township, MI (WNEM) — Residents are on alert after several packages were stolen off of porches in Saginaw Township.

“I’m looking for my present and its never coming,” said Roy Hicks.

Hicks is a retired Saginaw resident who said he’s seen his share of suspicious activity around people’s porches. He said it bad around this time of year when porch piracy is at it’s highest.

Porch Piracy is an issue that Saginaw Township Police said they’ve been working to address.

“We’ve had one happen so far, a couple weeks ago. We did have one on Mackinaw St. that did happen based upon the surveillance video that we received from the homeowner. The detective was able to solve the case,” said Chief Don Pussehl.

Pussehl said the department has been able to solve several cases of porch theft through an app called Neighbors. The app works with a variety of surveillance video programs including Ring, a home-based security system.

The app allows people to share videos with their local police or crime prevention agency to help identify suspects.

“The ring program, the nice thing about it is you can have any type of video surveillance system and be able to share it through that ring portal,” Pussehl said.

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