New tips to protect your holiday packages

Investigations

According to new reports, 91 percent of people who plan to shop this weekend say they’ll do it online.

Police departments in Dauphin and Lebanon counties are already receiving reports of stolen packages.

“If you get home and see that package is not there, and you know it said it’s delivered, and a neighbor doesn’t have it, then perhaps you might have a problem,” state police Corporal Adam Reed said.

Police recommend sending your package to work, a neighbor’s house, or picking it up in the store.

“If you’re expecting a package, especially something of high value, have it delivered to a neighbor’s house or have a neighbor come grab it off of your porch for you. You can simply pick it up once you get home from work,” Reed said.

Amazon allows shoppers to ship items to lockers located at a handful of locations across the state.

“Picking a time, if you can help it, to have something delivered would be great but also considering those lockers would be another next step,” said Kelsey Coleman with the Better Business Bureau.

The United States Postal Service also has a program called Informed Delivery. The program sends you a picture of your package on the day it is scheduled to arrive. However, some scammers are signing up for you and intercepting packages.

Consumer protection experts recommend everyone sign up for the service to avoid theft.

Click here for more holiday shopping tips from the Better Business Bureau.

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