Rockford experts provide tips to avoid package theft over the holidays

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Gift-giving season is here but, so is gift-taking season.

Package theft graphic by MGN.

“If they sit out there for two or three days they are subject to wild animals, there subject to theft subject and to the elements," said Larry Hinkle, Postal Shoppe.

Many people do holiday shopping online or mail out presents, giving porch pirates opportunities to steal.

"On the neighborhood app the other day someone claimed that four Amazon boxes were taken off their door step," Hinkle said.

Hinkle says when mailing a gift, don't make it a surprise.

"You don't have to tell them what's in there. Just tell them you sent a box and the day it's anticipated to get there," Hinkle said.

That way, if someone doesn't use their front door they will know to keep a look out for a delivery.

"An area of concern are always multi-dwellings," Hinkle said.

"The presence of a security surveillance system is a deterrent in itself," said James White, M. Spinnello and Son.

White encourages homeowners to use security cameras.

"With our AC video surveillance system, not only do they record motion and you can see them live on your TV. But you can also see your video surveillance cameras on your phone when your home,” White said.

Ring, is a security camera that is incorporated into your door bell.

"Allows you to see who is at your front door, answer your door via smartphone and that's a great tool to use," White said.

"You can prevent all these problems the sooner you get it out before the onslaught of Christmas hits," Hinkle said.

The postal Shoppe recommends having all military packages sent out by December first and all other packages sent out by December 13.