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Porch pirates could face stricter penalties under proposed law

New legislation could mean steeper charges for anyone caught stealing packages from someone else’s porch.

New York State Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, introduced a measure Monday, making the theft of a package near someone’s home a felony.

According to a 2018 survey, more than 26 million Americans have fallen victim to porch pirates, the name for thieves who brazenly take packages from another person’s property.

In a statement, Jordan said the “legislation would establish Porch Piracy as a felony crime to try dissuading the unscrupulous criminals who steal packages…”

But not everyone believes stricter penalties will work.

“I really don’t think it’s going to change anything,” said Dates Police Sgt. James Coughlin. “It would be a non-violent felony. So, under the new criminal justice reform, offenders would get an automatic appearance ticket anyhow.”

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