Thieves target early Christmas deliveries after record Cyber Monday sales

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Record numbers of online orders on Cyber Monday could mean an early Christmas for criminals. Major carriers are delivering earlier than ever to keep up with demand. Police say thieves are also on the lookout.

Despite major stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving day, plenty were clicking away during the weekend. A record $2.29-billion in online sales were reported on Cyber Monday.

Kearsten Huddleston was surprised to see her Christmas gifts come so soon.

“It actually has been really quick,” said Huddleston. “I work from home and I come and go all day. I like to know when they’re going to be delivered.”

Surveillance video has captured these crimes many times before. We found several houses with packages in plain sight left at the front door.

Some carriers have their own ‘Out of Sight’ policies. If nobody’s home, packages are kept hidden to make it harder for thieves to see. Electronics are never left unattended at the front door.

“This is the time of year where we’re the busiest,” said Logan Watson, a UPS driver. “I’ve been on deliveries before where people will get right behind us.”

As for Huddleston, she always makes sure to track her packages online.

“It takes 10 seconds to click on that to see when it’s going to get here,” she said.

Here are some ways to avoid being a victim:

1. Receive package in person. Have your package delivered to either you, a relative, or a neighbor at home or at your workplace.

2. Track deliveries online. Some companies offer to send a text when your package is delivered.

3. Hold package at carrier’s facility.

4. Request a signature confirmation of delivery.

5. Insure valuable items

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