ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- The community of Oakleaf and other developments in Clay County are getting a big wake-up call this holiday season. They've become the targets of criminals out to steal their packages right off their porches.
"Crimes like this are crimes of opportunity," said Clay Detective Mark Andrews. "Someone leaves a package on the front door and nobody's home. Somebody's going to come up and take it."
In many cases, police say the package poachers are following delivery trucks around, preying on them.
"Vehicles following delivery vehicles waiting to see if someone's going to answer the door right away," said neighbor Tracy Payne.
She's disheartened by the problem because she moved to the area for its safety. Now she's keeping an extra eye on her doorstep.
"It's frustrating," she said. "You spent time and money on these items you're waiting to be delivered and then you have to worry if it's going to be there if you're not home immediately."
Police recommend that if you work long hours, have your packages delivered to the office or have a neighbor keep an eye out for them.
If you see anybody suspiciously following your deliveryman, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office.