Unfortunately this time of year those grinchy porch pirates seem to be increasing, granted during the year they do their thing of robbing packages off porches but during the Christmas season, it seems they go into overdrive.

We all need a little help to get over them so we have put together some ideas on how you can fight back against the porch pirates and win.

The first thing you want to do is when your order your gift, etc, Track your package. Sign up for email or text alerts and be notified when boxes arrive then ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye out or grab it.

Or if you can, require a signature for delivery. That will ensure it won't be left unattended and if it is and you requested signature. The carrier will be responsible.

If the place you work at will let you do this, consider having items shipped to your office or held at a secure location, like the post office or delivery facility.
If you don't have one of these maybe you can ask for one for Christmas, I am talking about a security camera. Despite so much Ring doorbell video showing pirates successfully stealing stuff, according to law enforcement, if a thief spots a camera catching them in the act, they usually stop, drop, and run.

If the place you ordered your package from has a brick-and-mortar store near where you live, you may want to make arrangements to pick up your package from their store.

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* If you're a victim of porch piracy, report it and send any video to the police.

* Check your homeowner's insurance policy. If a big-ticket item was swiped costing more than your deductible, consider filing a claim.

* Next check with the seller, the shipper, and your credit card company. See what their replacement or policy is, you just may be reimbursed or at the very least have your shipping charge refunded.

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