How to protect your mail during the holiday season

Cyber Monday has come and gone. Within the next week, folks are going to be getting packages delivered to their front porch.

It also means porch pirates, those thieves who grab packages off of front porches, are about to have a green Christmas.

You’ve no doubt seen the videos. Cameras recording thieves stealing packages from front porches moments after the delivery driver drops them off.

“A lot of times these people will follow the truck, the delivery trucks, and they’ll wait for them to drop it off, and then they’ll go up and get it,” explains police detective Wayne Clifford. He tells us sometimes porch pirates are in cahoots with the delivery drivers. Other times, the bad guys just drive through the neighborhood, looking for boxes.

Back in July, our Consumer Technology Reporter Jamey Tucker rode through a neighborhood with a police officer. They saw box after box left on doorsteps and even in an open garage. So how do you protect your packages from being stolen?

“Get to know a neighbor and ask them to take the delivery for you,” suggests Clifford. “We also recommend having the package delivered to your office where you work. One of the best options- and I’ve used it before- have it delivered to a UPS store and that way on your way home from work, you run [by] the store and pick it up there.

As for sharing videos of porch pirates taking what’s not theirs, Clifford says go ahead share it on Facebook. Get the video in front of as many people as possible and if someone recognizes a porch pirate, contact police.

For more on this story and others, follow Jamey Tucker on his website.

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