How to protect your packages this holiday season


State police are on the lookout for the person who stole three thousand dollars worth of Medical Equipment from a Swatara Township Family.

It serves as a reminder to keep an eye out if you are ordering packages this holiday season.

The last thing you want is to come home after a long day at work or a vacation to find the packages full of Christmas presents you ordered have been stolen.

Brian Krause said he has seen it time and time again after years of working with the state police.

He now runs his own security consulting group, Vulnerability Solutions Group.

He said security cameras are some of the best ways to catch the thieves, and they don't have to be super expensive systems.

"If you have security cameras at your house or around your property you want to make sure they face and are placed in a direction where you actually catch someone's face and not just the back of their head at the front door," Krause explained.

If you don't have a security system he said try make your house appear like someone is home.

He said having a well lit home or a car in the driveway are great ways to make your place look occupied.

If you are going to be away for a day or two he said its best to ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home, get your mail, newspaper or any flyers that are left on your front steps.

There are also a number of ways you can coordinate with mail delivery companies.

Most companies allow you to track your packages to know just about when it will arrive.

If you are ordering something really expensive, don't trust it to lay on your porch. You can arrange for it to be picked up at a post office or secure amazon locker.

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