The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office needs volunteers to help with a sting operation targeting thieves who try to steal packages left at residential doorways.

The operation is scheduled for areas throughout the county over the next several weeks due to the typically high amount of package deliveries during the holidays.

Residents interested in volunteering their porches for this operation are asked to contact Detective Josh Jenkins at (775) 857-8754, or by email at

Other steps residents may take to help prevent package theft include:

  • Track packages and try to be home when they arrive, or ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up the package
  • Have packages delivered to your workplace, if possible
  • Ask the delivery company to require a signature before leaving
  • Have the package held at the delivery company for pickup
  • Install security cameras at your home
  • Report suspicious activity to law enforcement

For additional holiday safety tips, visit the Staying Safe page on

If you have theft information that can help authorities, call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, or text your tip to 847411. A $100 reward is being offered.  

(Washoe County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report.)