Thieves Snatch Gifts Off Front Porch

Theft of packages left in front of homes is a growing trend during weak economy.
1:41 | 12/07/11

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An epidemic of seasonal stealing that has a lot of people check in the mail much more often. Brazen thieves are stealing presents right off front -- to growing problem but as ABC's Neal Karlinsky reports it's when you can avoid. -- -- -- During -- as the story goes it's the grinch stole Christmas and. But this year on front doorsteps coast to coast surveillance cameras have the proof there is on new kind of grinch in town. In Utah all this guy just walked up stole a complete strangers waiting package and walked away in San Diego this man peeked through the front door to make sure the coast was clear before making off -- -- freshly delivered box at least now I have a suspect. And Seattle there was the -- -- -- -- big hall turned out to be a shipment of cat urine DO horizon. Much bigger ticket items are at risk of port side. Postal Service -- -- And as we learned it's not too hard to find waiting packages just sitting on porches often for hours or even -- in fact this -- sat outside all morning before the owner opened her door -- Do something different out of concern that it would take. -- -- It's an easy problem to avoid you can either ask for delivery by signature only or ask for the package to be left in a specific area like hidden behind a bush. Good Morning America Neal Karlinsky ABC news Seattle.

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