Package thefts on the rise leading up to Christmas - WSMV Channel 4

Package thefts on the rise leading up to Christmas

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Surveillance video shows a package being stolen from an east Nashville home. (WSMV) Surveillance video shows a package being stolen from an east Nashville home. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police say the most number of package thefts occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Many people are shopping online on Cyber Monday, trying to get some great bargains.

Video from a home surveillance camera taken over the weekend in east Nashville shows two men walking up to a door, stealing a box left on a front porch and running away. Inside this box was food meant for a family in need.

Police say thieves are hoping for electronics that they can then sell for money.

Driving around Nashville Monday, Channel 4 saw several homes with boxes sitting out front.

Police shared several tips to protect you from becoming a victim:

  • Bring all packages inside before dark.
  • Ask a neighbor to grab your packages for you if you know you're going to be getting something and you're not home.
  • Have items delivered to you at work.
  • Submit a vacation hold if you're out of town.

Metro police say criminals are much bolder now than they used to be.

"At times we've seen people who will follow these delivery trucks, whether it's UPS, FedEx or even the mail service. And once a delivery is made, the truck's not even out of sight yet and they'll get out, go up to a home and take the packages,” said Sgt. Steve Linn with Metro police.

To reports package thefts, visit postalinspectors.uspis.gov or call 1-877-876-2455.

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