Are grinches trying to steal your Christmas?

Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 18:34:04-05

Suffolk, Va. - Consumers spent over three billion dollars on Cyber Monday this year.

That’s a lot of packages left on a lot of doorsteps. But if they get there while you're not home, someone else could be enjoying a new holiday treat.

Unfortunately it`s a crime of opportunity with criminals. But as we know, unfortunately statistics don`t lie and these instances are occurring across the nation.

Instances of people stealing packages left on porches has been on the rise. Just Wednesday, police released photos of a woman in Virginia Beach stealing packages from a neighborhood front porch.That has people worried about what could happen to their own unwatched packages. Some have already had it happen to them.

Suffolk police have taken action in their city, handing out brochures to help their residents avoid that very crime.

Police say a few common sense steps could protect your deliveries.

First, schedule a time to be home when the package arrives, but if that's not possible, reach out to a friend or a neighbor that can accept that package for you.

You can also request a signature to be given before the package is left anywhere, or you can have the package held at the local post office or delivery service location.