Unfortunately, Minnesota 'porch pirates' are out there watching front steps for a package to be delivered when no one is home -- then swooping in and stealing the gifts. We have some ideas on how to protect your purchases.

It's a crime of opportunity, and there's always an increase at this time of year. More online shopping + more front step deliveries = more opportunities for the Grinch.

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An increase in front door cameras have been helping police catch more of the bad guys, but you know what they say about 'an ounce of prevention' -- so here  are some ideas to stop the theft from happening in the first place.

Your 2018 Anti 'Porch-Pirate' Plan

  • Have packages delivered to your workplace. This is my personal choice.
  • Have packages sent to a trusted neighbor who is home during the day.
  • Have your packages sent to a store that accepts packages.
  • Sign up for UPS 'My Choice' which allows you to track your package and reroute it if you need to.
  • Use a UPS Access Point Locker to have your packages securely held until you arrive. There are a bunch of locations in the St. Cloud area, and you can find one HERE.

Merry Christmas, and don't let the porch-pirates add your packages to their booty. Let's make 'em walk the plank!