How to protect yourself from 'Porch Pirates' this holiday season

- It's a problem many online shoppers deal with throughout the year, particularly during the holiday season:

The sudden realization that something you ordered has been stolen by "porch pirates."

UPS, FedEx and Amazon are all upping their game, giving tips on how you can ensure packages make it to you.

FedEx's onsite senior manager Tanasha Malone says you can request a signature, schedule a delivery, or even redirect packages.

"Re-direct it to your work, re-direct it to your family, just so you don't have to be home waiting for your package," says Malone.

UPS has similar options. Malone also says make buddies with your delivery man.

"That's the best way to be safe. Your couriers see you every day - they know what you like delivered and they're going to look out for you," says Malone.

And if you're an Amazon customer, you can sign up for a free locker, like one in front of G&M gas station, to pick up deliveries.

That's what Christopher Reyes did after his package was stolen, so he no longer has to compete with burglars for his boxes.

"There may be the delay going to the Amazon store, but it's just a 5 minute drive, instead of having to go through the customers service," says Malone.

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