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Avoiding Package Delivery Thefts

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SALISBURY, Md. - More money than ever was spent shopping online for Cyber Monday in 2013, and with millions buying gifts over the Internet, that means a lot of packages delivered to homes.

Police don't have hard numbers for how many times they get reports of packages stolen from the doorstep, because those stats often get lumped in with other types of theft, but they say it definitely does happen. 

According to the Salisbury Police Department, UPS made more than 28 million deliveries during a single day in December, and with most people at work during the day, those deliveries can become an easy target for thieves looking for free stuff.  

With the click of a mouse, the world can literally be at your doorstep, but in the blink of an eye, police say holiday packages can pilfered.

Surprisingly online shoppers we spoke to admit they aren't worried about brazen burglars swiping their stuff.

"I would think that if somebody saw something suspicious...it would just be harder to do," says Mimi Langeler of Salisbury.

More than 92 percent of shoppers are estimated to hit the web to either research or purchase gifts this holiday season, and on Cyber Monday alone, they spent a record $2.29 billion on e-commerce.   

Margie from Salisbury chimes in, "you'd be concerned of what would happen to it."

To avoid gift snatchers, police offer these simple tips:

Give specific delivery instructions when placing orders.  You don't have to have packages delivered to your front door.

You can also have the delivery company hold your packages at a local facility and notify you for pickup.  

Also, frequently track the status your package so you know when exactly it's been delivered.

"Hopefully when I get home I'm gonna have about five," says Mimi, "if they're not there, it's your fault."

If you do believe your package might've been stolen, contact the shipper *first* to file a claim with the delivery company, and if you're the recipient, the next step is to contact your local police department.

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