Residents upset after packages delivered in Southside go missing



PITTSBURGH - Residents of the Southside Slopes said they're concerned at the increase in the number of packages that are stolen from their front doors.

One victim told Channel 11's Vince Sims that she had a birthday gift from Oklahoma taken from her front doorstep.

"I've had people take my flowers. It's a shame what people take. If it's not nailed down, they'll pick it up," Southside Slopes resident MaryLou Kurzawski said.

The United States Postal Service said it's aware of the birthday gift theft and looking into it.

USPS officials said there are several ways to protect packages. When mailing something, you can ask for someone to sign for it upon delivery. You can also request that no packages be left at your door.

The Postal Service also said it asks carriers to use their best judgment on whether a package should be left.

"Usually the man that delivers the packages takes them and goes down between the houses. We have a deck back there and he'll put it on the deck," Southside Slopes resident Joe Tarkett said.