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Holiday Packages Vulnerable To Theft

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MEDFORD, Ore. – A week after Cyber Monday, packages are starting to arrive at homes. That’s why police are reminding you, if you’re expecting a package, take precautions.

It’s almost like Santa’s Workshop, with bubble wrap, peanuts and tape, workers at the UPS Store in Ashland are packaging presents and holiday wreaths; many of these brown boxes will end up on doorsteps.

Medford Police say they always see an increase in theft during the holiday months and this year, we’re entering the busy time with already high numbers. Medford Police say theft is up nearly 8% over last year, that’s on top of the 22% jump in theft last year saw, but there are ways to beat the crooks.

If you are shipping packages this season, officials suggest signing up to get an email notification when your package arrives at your home; that way you can make arrangements for it to be picked up to make sure your gifts end up safely under the tree.

When it comes to holiday shopping police suggest being aware of identity theft while shopping online. They say you should use your credit card for purchases over the Internet.