How to avoid being ripped off during the holiday season

How to avoid being ripped off during the holiday season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The holiday season is here and homeowners should be on the lookout for package theft.

Every year, thousands are victims to so-called "porch pirates" who steal packages from doorstops, stoops and mailboxes. However, there are some tactics to stop these bandits from taking off with those gifts.

Ring Video Doorbell

The The Ring video doorbell product is gaining in popularity. The device lets homeowners use their smartphone to see who is at the door before opening it. Even if a person is not at home, the device will always let then know when packages arrive. It's easy to install and comes equipped with HD video, cloud recording and motion detection notifications. The price $199.

Amazon Locker 

For those who don't want to spend the extra money, consider the Amazon Locker. Just like a post office box, the box secures only Amazon deliveries. Instead of delivering the package to a home, it is left at the Amazon Locker and the customer can pick up at their convenience. There is no additional fee to store most items; however, regular shipping fees apply.

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam retails for $199. The security camera can be mounted on the front porch to record. The device can even send an alert when it detects activity and lets residents talk back through the nest app on their smartphone. The Nest Cam is also easy to install.

 Landport Box

This idea is pricey but it can lock down those holiday packages. The Landport box was created by the company's founder to prevent package theft after she was a victim herself. The box is bolted down to the property and requires a code to open. Of course, residents can change the code as often as they like. The Landport starts at $499.

Remember to be alert during the holiday season. Residents should alert authorities if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.

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