Today is Cyber Monday and as many people are waiting
for their packages to be delivered.
porch theives are taking advantage of this busy shopping
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here to tell us what you
can do to avoid being a victim.
In La Crosse alone.
the U-S postal service gets about 20 to 30 calls a
week during the holiday season about missing packages.
That's about three times as many calls it would usually
get during a typical week.
But I spoke with post masters today and they say there
are some good reminders when ordering items online.
These theives are going around in our neighborhoods
and they're just looking for these packages it may
be that they're even following some of the delivery
trucks or following a mail truck.
Ordering items online leads to shipping.
Which also leads to theives finding an opportunity
to pick up those packages before they make it to the
Postal Service officials say there are certain areas
in La Crosse that are more likely to experience porch
We have a couple of areas on the north side that we
seem to get an uptick, apartment areas over that way
that always seems to be one of the hot spots for us
is mutlipe dwellings they seem to be more comfortable
to walk up there they feel that there is multiple
residents there no one is gonna notice them coming
up and taking a package off so.
And Knoll says there are a few things shoppers can
do...to help protect packages that are being delivered,
One of the things I would recommend is to never on
a continious basis allow your mail to be left sitting
out on the porch for an extended period of time so
if you have a package coming I would recommend and
make sure that someone is either collecting the mail
or picking it up within a reasonable amount of time
not leave it sit there for a day or so.
La Crosse police officers say this kind of theft is
a trend during the holiday season but avoiding it
can be a community effort.
Having your neighbors look out for you, if you know
you're not gonna be around ask your neighbor to go
over and pick up these packages.
The USPS in La Crosse delivers about 20-thousand packages
a week and that number jumps to 30-thousand during
the holiday season.
Postmasters also recommend shoppers use the USPS website
where they can set up and manage their package delivery.
This also provides shoppers with live tracking as
far as when their package would arrive to their home.
U-S Postal Service officials also say shoppers can
change the package's address while it is in transit
if they know they won't be home when it is delivered.