How to protect your holiday packages from porch pirates

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 17:46:54-05

An estimated 23 million packages snatched from door steps across the country in the last year alone.

Lori Salley's home is one of three targeted by porch pirates in her south Tampa neighborhood.

Earlier this month, Carrie Ann Baker's surveillance system captured a woman snatching an expensive package off her porch.

Oftentimes the thieves stalk the delivery drivers and grab the box after the truck pulls away.

According to one survey, 23 million Americans say they’ve been hit by a porch pirate.

In Baker’s case her surveillance video led to the arrest of a suspect, but you can protect your purchases without having to buy a security system.

UPS My Choice sends customers an email alerting them to a package arriving the next day.

Consumers can sign up for the free UPS My Choice® service which sends a text message or email the day before a package arrives so the customer know when their package is going to be delivered.

UPS My Choice members can also take advantage of the UPS Access Point™ network: UPS Access Point locations are in convenient places — such as The UPS Store, neighborhood deli's and grocery stores, and other local businesses with evening and weekend hours.

There are more than 8,000 UPS Access Point locations across the United States. They can choose to reroute their inbound shipments directly to a UPS Access Point location for free after the package enters the UPS network.

They can even set a preference to have all their packages delivered directly to a UPS Access Point location, instead of a UPS driver attempting a delivery to their home. Fed Ex offers a similar service at their retail stores.