For most the holiday season is a time for good cheer, gift giving and spending time with family and friends. There are however those out there who have no problem ruining your holiday with criminal activity. One area you should pay extra close attention to are “Porch Pirates”. In short, these criminals look for package deliveries that are left outside of your home. They can follow delivery trucks on their routes or simply drive around neighborhoods looking for packages that have been already left. There are steps you can take to help prevent this from happening to you.

-When specifying a delivery address, try to pick a place that you or someone you trust can receive packages in person. This could be your office or the home of a friend or family member.

-When ordering, select the “delivery pickup option”. That way if you are not around when the package arrives you go pick it up. This may add some inconvenience, however, it could save you the loss of a valuable item being snatched.

-You should use the “tracking numbers” for delivery information. Then you know when to expect something and can plan for the delivery.

-Communicate with your trusted neighbors to keep an eye out for deliveries. You can help each other by collecting packages left outside.

-You could also use a service such as “Amazon Lockers”. These are bright yellow lockers located in secure locations around town such as grocery stores and gas station mini marts. When ordering, you can select the delivery option and Amazon will provide you with a code and location based on your shipping address.

Let’s do what we can to make to this holiday season happy.