Porch pirating: how to protect your holiday packages

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It’s forecasted to be a record holiday shipping season. USPS has temporarily expanded delivery to seven days a week to handle an anticipated 12% increase in packages shipped from last year. And Fed Ex is expecting more than 290 million shipments between black Friday and Christmas Eve.

“It seems like every day we get more and more freight which is kind of inspiring to see that people aren't waiting until the last minute like I seem to be” Sondra Kirtley, owner of Scrapper’s Edge, said.

Local stores offering shipping and postal services, like Scrapper’s Edge, are feeling that increase and are anticipating it to only grow from here.

“I think we will see a big rush within the next week since people are realizing that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away but it has been a steady increase every single day,” Kirtley added.

With increased shipments, comes an increased chance for theft. The Eureka Police Department handles more package thefts at this time of year than any other.

“Thieves can follow the FedEx trucks and pick things up off the porch or just be walking down the street and see a package on a porch and steal it,” Brittany Powell, Pub

But there are simple ways to avoid this porch pirating.

“Get your tracking number. A lot of companies offer text or email alerts, pick up your package right away. Ask a trusted neighbor to pick it up if you aren't going to be home, or require a signature,” Powell said.

If the company offers it, you can choose a delivery time, or if purchasing from a larger retailer with local stores, opt for in-store pick-up.

“If you’re sending packages, insure them. And also if you're sending a check or cash, take it to the post office or put it in a collection box,” Powell added.