Porch pirates steal millions of holiday package deliveries every year

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For the first time online sales are expected to exceed in store sales this holiday season. Cyber Monday will likely generate $6.6 billion dollars in sales. With so many deliveries in a short period of time, so called porch pirates will be out looking for easy pickings on your doorstep. Estimates are eleven million packages are stolen every year.

Local police plan extra patrols. Many homeowners are turning to high tech surveillance to keep an eye on things. Video doorbells from Ring are popular along with a host of other smart surveillance products which you can sync up to your cell phone.

National shippers are also adding you some extra protection. With UPS's Access Point, if you're not home the package goes to a store nearby for pick up. Amazon Key is a virtual key to your home with a code to unlock the door. The delivery is recorded on video.

Some other things to consider for holiday shipping:

Have packages delivered to your work.

Consider having the package delivered to the retail chain you're buying from and pick it up at one of their local stores.

The U.S. Post Office, UPS and FedEx will hold packages at one of their locations.

If a home delivery is still best for you, follow the package with provided tracking numbers.

Specify a delivery time, when you know you'll be home.

And, request a signature on delivery.

Look into buying extra insurance for valuable items.

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