With more people doing their holiday shopping online, pirates are picking off packages and making off with goods that have been left on the doorstep or porch. Forbes has some tips for protecting  your purchases.

  • Ship to a local Fed Ex office instead of to your home.
  • Many stores will hold your shipment. Fed Ex has partnered with over 11,000 locations. I pick mine up at Shaw's.
  • Have your packages delivered to your workplace.
  • Deliver to a friend who works from home, or someone who is retired.
  • Install security cameras that alert you by phone in real time along with recording what's happening at home.
  • Keep your home well-lit and make it look like someone is home.