How to best avoid package theft during the holiday season

How to best avoid package theft during the holiday season

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is that time of year again: The holiday shopping season.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are coming up this month, but statistics indicate you should think twice before leaving your online orders on the front porch.

A recent research report shows about a third of Americans dealt with package theft in 2018, which is five percent higher than what was reported in 2017.

Sgt. Mark Wims, with the Lubbock Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit, said porch thieves are calculated, waiting for the right time to strike. 

"Those that are delivered to homes are often delivered when they're not at home or someone else is at home. So they're out there for sometimes hours at a time and it makes it an easy target," Sgt. Wims said.

This is why Sgt. Wims said it is smart to think about safer alternatives, like having your package delivered to the Amazon store or your business address.

He said this harmless extra step removes the risk. 

"Try and deliver it to a location where there is someone there. Don't leave it out on the porch. Sign up for the notifications, either by text or email, that your package has been delivered, and then make sure someone picks it up right away," Sgt. Wims said.

Holiday package theft has led people to start looking at front door cameras, as nearly 44 percent of victims have installed one in the last year.

However, Sgt. Wims said he has a message for those people investing in cameras.

"That's fine and good, but it doesn't actually stop the theft. It may give us information that will lead us to a suspect, but if you're not looking to go through the hassle because a lot of times, by the time we've tracked them down, they've gotten rid of it already," Sgt. Wims said.

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