United States Postal Service offers tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Wednesday is National Protect Your Package Day and after many people spent big during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s important to make sure thieves don’t get ahold of those deliveries to your doorstep.

Roughly 92% of shoppers plan to shop online and have their purchase delivered to their home this holiday season according to a survey by C+R Research.

Unfortunately, this is music to the ears of porch pirates.

“I’m blessed with a bunch of old ladies across the street that spend their time smoking on the porch, so I don’t have to worry about it too much,” said Matthew Vitale, West Pittston.

The holiday season is known to be a time of giving. But Eyewitness News spoke with some who would say it’s also a time some people feel desperate.

“We’re at a time where there’s a lot of people who are very desperate, a lot of people who don’t have much. When people are desperate, they tend to turn to means they otherwise wouldn’t turn to,” Vitale said.

The holiday season is the prime time for thieves to steal packages from your home.

“Yes. I see it quite a bit. I see it on tv. Just this morning I saw a video of someone getting their package taken,” explained West Pittston resident, Tom Darby.

“You should be paying attention and making arrangements because if you’re going to have something worth thousands of dollars be delivered, you have to make arrangements for it to be picked up,” said George Clark, Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service has a few ways you can keep your packages safe from thieves this holiday season:

  • If possible, once your package gets delivered, don’t leave it unattended for long periods of time.
  • Take advantage of online tracking services offerent by retailers across the nation.
  • Consider monitering your front door with a camera, like a Ring doorbell.
  • Talk to your employer, It’s always better to ship a package to where you will be in the middle of the day.

“A lot of internet sellers will allow you to have stuff delivered to an alternative address. That’s probably a really good idea if you’re working,” said Clark.

For more tips on package security, visit the USPS website here.

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