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Protecting Yourself from Doorstep Package Thefts

With Cyber Monday in the books, many Americans will soon be receiving packages in the mail.
Beware of Package Thieves
Beware of Package Thieves
Cyber Monday is now in the rear view mirror. And as we begin the holiday season, many people will be receiving gifts in the mail.

But, there are many grinches out there looking to steal your Christmas.

"More people are doing holiday shopping online. And we're talking about high dollar items," Dothan Police Sergeant Mac Eggleston says.

The United States Postal Service estimates that over 500,000,000 packages will be shipped this year. But unfortunately, many people won't get their gifts, unless they become cautious.

"A lot of people don't take into consideration that when they tell these postal workers to leave the parcel on their doorsteps, we do have predators," Eggleston adds.

A lot of these thieves spend their time driving around neighborhoods; looking for things to take. Police also say they drive behind package delivery trucks, wait for them to leave, make sure no one's looking, then make their move.

Eggleston also explains, "When you tell these people to leave these packages on your doorstep, you're inviting thieves into your home."

Luckily, there are many actions you can take to make sure you avoid getting your gifts stolen.

"Make contact with the company that will be delivering that package to your home. If it's FedEx, they can actually have you pick up your package somewhere - a possible FedEx store. UPS does the same thing. Give specific instructions, too. If no one is home to take the package, then don't leave it," Eggleston insists.

Authorities also encourage you to look after your neighbors. If you don't work, check out your window a few times during the day to make sure nothing strange is going on. And as always, if you see anything suspicious, call police.

If you absolutely don't want to take the risk of packages getting stolen, another option would be to have the parcel delivered to your work.
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