Nearly 26 million Americans reported having holiday packages stolen from their front porch or doorstep, one study last year found. As Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes, which commissioned the findings, put it: "During the holidays, certain crimes and home hazards increase."
But there are steps you can take to keep your packages from getting swiped, according to security experts and postal officials.
"You could have packages delivered to your office or a local locker—or use motion detectors, security systems and light timers to fend off thieves," Adams said in a news release.
Here's a rundown on fending off porch pirates:
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The U.S. Postal Service, which expects to deliver more than 900 million packages this holiday season, also has some advice for getting packages delivered safe and sound.
The postal service's tips include not leaving packages unattended and having packages held for pickup when out of town.