AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Christmas is right around the corner and that means there are a lot of gifts being ordered online.
What steps are you taking to make sure no one steals your purchases once they have been delivered? Columbia County Sheriff's Office shared some tips that will help you keep your valuables away from thieves.
During this time of year, there is an increase in front door package theft. Whether you live in a house or apartment complex you need to be aware. This is a crime Columbia County expects this time of year. You can not just rely on delivery companies to keep your packages safe on your porch, once they leave it is basically up for grabs.
"Suspect is usually right behind a FedEx truck or a mail truck and is watching the mail person actually deliver the package to the front porch. ", says Sgt. Josh Bogdanow with Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's office has tips to put you at ease:
And if you still are uneasy about packages being left on your porch, you can always pick up the packages up from the deliverer's location.