Keeping your packages safe during the holidays

This is raising new concerns about package thieves

Amazon packages. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It was a record breaking weekend for holiday deals, and with Cyber Monday shopping, packages will be rolling in by the millions.

This is raising new concerns about package thieves.

One thing that is becoming increasingly popular for customers is having packages delivered to places other than their home.

Packages can be delivered to UPS stores, and that reduces the risk of them getting stolen.

Some neighborhoods have formed watch groups to deter thieves.

“The criminals, seeing us, they’re less likely to pull something,” said Jim Thomas, team coordinator for Neighbors on Watch, a Vancouver group.

Thomas coordinates a team of dedicated volunteers in Vancouver all year round, but during this peak holiday season, he’s being especially vigilant.

“Part of the reason I got into this is because I’ve had my vehicle broken into. I had my house broken into. This is a way to help prevent things happening to other people. This is one way Vancouver police can keep more eyes in the neighborhood as budgets tighten and resources are limited,” said Thomas.

“We use our neighbors on watch volunteers during the holidays a lot,” said Kim Kapp with the Vancouver Police Department.

In Beaverton, Mike Rowe with Beaverton Police Department urged customers to schedule their packages for delivery when they’ll be home.

“Have it sent to your neighbor’s house if they’re staying home. Have it sent to your place of employment. Just have it sent somewhere where it’s not going to be sitting out,” Rowe said.