Tips on how to avoid holiday package theft

With the increased number of packages and deliveries coming to the house, porch pirates may be out looking to steal your belongings.  This happens more often because people usually aren’t home when their boxes are delivered.  

This gives thieves who follow delivery vehicles, also known as “porch pirates,” the chance to pick up the unattended parcels after delivery. Mail theft is a federal offense and if prosecuted carries a five-year jail sentence for the criminal.  

If the package doesn't fit in the mailbox and the customer won't be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location. Visit usps.com, enter the tracking number and select delivery instructions. Customers can also request their packages be left with a neighbor or held at a post office for pickup.