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Keeping 'porch pirates' at bay

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Every year, an estimated eleven million packages will disappear from doorsteps. And with more than two-thirds of consumers expected to get their goods online this holiday season, keeping porch pirates at bay is more important than ever.

Julian and Lauren Romero’s downtown home has been hit by thieves three times this year. Each time, they’ve caught the crooks on camera with their home surveillance system.

“You work hard to earn the money to pay for these items and you have all these people working to get it to your home,” said Lauren Romero. “And you're looking forward to the ease and convenience of it all.”

“It's just kind of frustrating when you can watch the video and just see the person walking up and taking the box,” said Julian Romero.

The first two thieves got away with small items like sunglasses and a baby mirror. But the last thief got a stinky surprise, taking off with a box full of dirty diapers intended for a collection service. 

"Maybe next time he'll check the box before he takes off," joked Julian Romero. 

Experts say cameras can deter some thieves, but obviously they can’t stop them. So here are some tips to keep your stuff safe:

1. Get your packages delivered somewhere else. Set your delivery address as your office or your neighbor’s home if you know you won’t be able to receive the delivery at your home.

2. Try an Amazon locker. If you’re purchasing from Amazon, you can have your items delivered to a locker that only you will be able to access.

3. Put the deliveries on hold. Companies like FedEx and UPS will hold packages at their locations until you are able to pick it up in person.

4. Require a signature. Most delivery companies will allow customers to put a signature requirement on packages, and will only deliver the item when the intended recipient is there to sign for it. 

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