Thieves Steal Holiday Packages Right Off People's Front Door Steps

'Tis the season for robbers to try and take gifts sent in the mail.
2:34 | 11/23/14

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holidays are upon us, the time to give unless you are a brazen thief. All across the country they are stealing packages from right off people's front doorsteps and ABC's Linzie Janis has details and tips to make sure it doesn't happen to you. I have a couple of ideas. Good morning, Paula. 'Tis the season for shopping online and shipping gifts trait to your door. But for scrooges it's also the season tore stealing. Not even Thanksgiving yet and these she was are already hard at work. Check it out. These videos captured on home security cameras across the country show grinches trying to ruin your holiday. The worst thing you can do is let a package sit out all day and night. Because you never know when a would-be thief might do their own Christmas shopping off your front porch. Reporter: Watch as this woman walks onto this front porch near Detroit late Wednesday and boldly snatches a FedEx package. It's happening in broad daylight too. This man walking onto a porch in Houston earlier this month. A cigarette in his mouth as he makes off with a large box. They prey upon, you know, watching that delivery person, all they have to do is see the truck pull up and know there will be a package somewhere. Reporter: In Tennessee this woman approaches a front door, moments later scurries off with a box under each arm. Then quickly drives off in her car. We're talking about the grinch here who literally stole Christmas from little kids. Reporter: It's an ongoing problem for police during the holiday season. One report estimates most of those little brown boxes left on our doorsteps are worth $28 throughout the year. But as Christmas approaches, with the average package worth $124. For police, videos like this one crucial to stopping grinches in their tracks. In Philadelphia, you can see this woman casually walking up to a home, stealing a package, then just as casually walking away. Apparently it's so convenient in Philadelphia, this man is able to do it with one hand while holding his 1-year-old daughter in the other. So here's some tips from police on how to make sure this doesn't happen to you. First always get a tracking thumb so when you know when your package will arrive. Then if you aren't going to be home ask a friend or a maybe to get it for you. If possible, have items sent to your work and if you're sending a package to someone, pay that extra money to have a delivery that requires a signature. It takes all the convenience out of it bah humbug. How brazen of that thief to carry his little child. What kind example for the kid. It's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Thank you. We'll move to a Christmas

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