There's nothing more anxious than fretting over picking the perfect gift to mail only to worry whether it got intercepted by a doorstep thief. Police are reporting several disturbing incidents of package theft across the country. Even though some of the culprits are caught on camera, they may escape arrest, leaving consumers to bite their nails after they click "send."
With this year being the biggest CyberMonday shopping season since 2010, there could be more packages in the mail, creating more opportunities for these doorstep Grinches.
In Michigan, neighbors and a porch camera caught thieves as they tailed a UPS driver and picked up the packages he left behind. When police caught the suspects, they had over two dozen packages in their van, including speakers, clothing, and a 30-pound bag of dog food.
It's not just the Wolverine State. Five thieves were arrested last week in Chicago for stealing packages from porches. In New York a home surveillance video surfaced on YouTube with a bold thief strolling up to a woman's door and snagging a package from her steps.
Though alarming, mailers say actual doorstep package thefts are relatively rare. UPS spokesman Andy McGowan said "a very small number" of packages are stolen. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service didn't have statistics readily available.
Still, there's no need to gift unsafely. Here's how to protect your holiday packages from those who would snatch them off your loved one's porches.