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How to keep your packages safe from porch pirates this holiday season

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Posted at 8:21 AM, Nov 29, 2021

DENVER — With the holiday season around the corner, package theft will likely ramp up as porch pirates look to score across the nation.

A study from SafeWise found that 210 million packages disappeared from porches across America over the past year.

Michelle Rittgers had her package stolen from her in front of her home in Littleton.

"At first, I felt violated that somebody would just do that," said Rittgers.

Her Ring video shows the thief taking a glance at the box and then keeps walking. But he returned, missing his shirt but gaining the fortitude to take something that’s not his.

"It’s one of the situations where you know you’re never going to get your property back, and unfortunately, this kid just thinks he’s so entitled he can take whatever he wants," said Rittgers.

It's part of a growing national trend.

Last weekend, Laura Kishiyama had two decorative trees taken while the family was home.

"I was mad. I’ve had them out for 15 years," said Kishiyama.

Both women had doorbell videos, which is one recommendation the Aurora Police Department gives to keep your porch property safe.

They also suggest requesting a signature of your package, getting an exact time the package is arriving, having it delivered to work or even a neighbors house if you know they will be home.

It is something Rittgers recently did after getting her package stolen. She’s also taking a step further.

"I installed a new app for my garage door opener, which is called MyQ," said Rittgers. "Amazon can open your garage, drop off your package and let then close your garage again."

Gary Brode at KMGH first reported this story.