Officials warn against 'porch pirates' during holiday season

Surveillance video shows thieves stealing packages right off homeowners' doorsteps; FedEx and some retail stores are offering services to help ensure packages are not left unattended.
1:21 | 12/17/17

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Back now with the holiday shopping home stretch. And the new ways to protect your packages. Here's Stephanie Ramos. Reporter: Tonight, police in Minnesota searching for these porch pirates, caught on video stealing packages right off the doorstep, then running back to their getaway car. The same thing has happened to an estimated 26 million Americans, including jaireme barrow. He came up with a booby-trapped box to scare off would-be thieves. And he says this surveillance video proves it's working. I wanted a way to scare them safely. When you scare them, hopefully they'll drop the package and run away. Reporter: With a record 2 billion holiday packages in the mail this year, there are steps you can take right now to protect your parcels. If you're using FedEx you can have your packages delivered to nearly 8,000 Walgreens nationwide. The postal service allows you to customize your delivery online and tell the carrier exactly where to leave your packages so they're out of sight. And even if your package already shipped, it's not too late. FedEx, usps, and ups will let you reroute it to another location so it's not left unattended. If you order online, consider doing a curbside pick-up. Stores like Nordstrom, toys R us, CVS and sears will bring your purchases right to your car. Tom? Stephanie, thank you. Up next, the billionaire

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