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How to protect your packages this holiday season

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‘Tis the season for giving, but for criminals it’s the time for taking.

With the holiday season fast approaching and more people than ever ordering their gifts online, it's no surprise that package thefts are on the rise.

It only takes seconds for someone to walk on your porch and take your packages.

Experts estimate nearly 23 million packages are expected to be stolen this holiday season alone.

How can you make sure all of your gifts wind up underneath the tree this year?

Police said one of the best things you can do is install outdoor security cameras to watch your deliveries if you spend the majority of your time away from your home.

If possible, you should try to have your items mailed to your work address. If not, try and arrange to have a neighbor or friend pick up the package for you.

More times than not, a delivery service will be able to hold onto your package for you to arrange a specific delivery time.

Finally, ask the mail service to get a signature confirmation before leaving the package at your home.

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