SMC supervisor gives advice as porch pirates hunting season begins

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa File photo/

DALY CITY – San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa made the following statement recently as American consumers are expected to spend more than $12 billion online, marking the beginning of ‘porch pirate’ season perpetrated by organized crime rings. Canepa is hopeful a $267 million infusion to police departments across the state to combat organized retail theft will also put a dent into the epidemic of package thefts.

“Porch pirates don’t care if they spoil your family’s holidays, they only care about stealing your goods,” Canepa said. “The epidemic of organized retail theft doesn’t end at your local shopping centers, it can come right to your front door and you can bet that these crime rings are expecting a windfall of goods to land on your porches soon as Cyber Monday this season will be the biggest online shopping day of all time.”

The following tips are recommended to thwart “porch pirates” this holiday season: Insure your packages; prepare for in-person delivery; use a self-service storage locker; install a doorbell camera; request a signature; pick up package at shipper’s service counter; request delivery to local branch of large retailers; and have packages delivered to your workplace.

In other news, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors declared Nov. 12-18 as United Against Hate Week at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14 in a proclamation Supervisor Canepa cosponsored with Board President Dave Pine.

The United Against Hate campaign was created by civic leaders in the Bay Area in 2017 in direct response to the sharp rise in expressions of hate in our communities, and United Against Hate Week emerged specifically from a poster campaign in response to white supremacist rallies that occurred in Berkeley and San Francisco in 2017.

The proclamation was presented to Kalimah Salahuddin, vice president of the Jefferson Union High School Board of Trustees and board member on the San Mateo County Reach Coalition who spoke on dismantling systemic bias and long-standing barriers to access across our county.

United Against Hate Week is when communities, groups, individuals work together against hate, restore respect and civil discourse, embrace the strength of diversity and build inclusive and equitable safe communities for all.

In another development, Supervisor Canepa was honored to announce a significant one-time grant of district-discretionary Measure K funds of $75,000 to the Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce. This strategic investment will not only sustain its crucial operations but also establish a pivotal business resource center.

This initiative holds the potential to catalyze substantial economic development for the residents and businesses of Daly City and Colma, marking a substantial step toward a brighter, more prosperous future for businesses in these two cities.

(Collated Release)


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