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Protecting your packages from porch pirates

According to a new study conducted by Xfinity Home, 30% of Americans have had a package stolen from outside their home. (Image: Ring.com)

'Tis the season for holiday Grinches.

According to a new study conducted by Xfinity Home, 30% of Americans have had a package stolen from outside their home.

With online shopping expected to soar this holiday season, the risk of being targeted by porch pirates sky rockets.

One home in a Hixson neighborhood has already been targeted.

Marilyn Vanarsdale, a neighbor of the victim, tells NewsChannel 9, "It's a shame. I don't know if it's happened in any other sections of the neighborhood but it has down here."

Vanarsdale blames the thefts on the placement of packages in plain sight.

"They just either put it in front of the front door where everybody can see them or right on the front step," she says.

UPS provided these helpful hints to avoid the holiday Grinch:

  • Have the shipment sent to where they are – not where they aren’t. In other words, if they are at work during the day they can have packages delivered to where they work.
  • They can tell our driver where they would like UPS packages left, for example, in the shed in the back yard, or behind the garage, etc.
  • Consumers can sign up for the free UPS My Choice® service that gives consumers more control over their residential deliveries. UPS My Choice sends a text message or email when their packages are on the way.
  • UPS Access Point locations are convenient retailers such as delis, grocery stores, dry cleaners, florists and The UPS Store locations with evening and weekend hours.
  • People can also consider using mailbox services at their local The UPS Store. These centers can serve as a “mail room receiving agent” and offer a real street address, secure 24-hour access (at participating locations) and email or text notification when you have a package waiting.

A representative from Amazon suggests using Amazon lockers to avoid the porch pirates.

In Chattanooga, you can find a locker at the Whole Foods on the North Shore.


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