How to protect against thieves swiping packages from doorsteps

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DENVER -- ‘Tis the season for shopping online and drivers delivering gifts directly to your door. But with that convenience come risks.

23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them. An Erie family is one of them.

It’s a playground for thieves: quiet streets, empty driveways, and unattended packages ripe for the picking.

UPS drivers deliver door-to-door cheer.

But leave it to real life-Grinches like this one to spoil the Christmas Spirit.

“We have a security system thankfully. And we were able to catch glimpse of the guy that decided to steal our package,” says a theft victim, who didn’t want to be identified.

Now, Erie Police are looking for him, after he swiped what was a Christmas gift, even under the watchful eye of a security camera from the home in the 2000 block of Tundra Circle.

“Everybody is getting packages all day long every single day. And it’s difficult because they’re delivered when people are at work,” she says.

The thefts happen all over. The Nextdoor website shows a montage of thefts.

Thieves help themselves to gift, after gift, until their sticky fingers are satisfied.

“I personally wonder why it’s not far more of a problem. You see a box labeled big television. Why not grab it off someone’s patio?” says Peter Roper, owner of Denver Bicycle Café.

But now there’s something new that could put thieves out of business. A solution, in UPS Access Point locations.

Denver Bicycle Café is one of 43 small businesses across the metro, where UPS customers can pick up their packages.

“I’d rather have it here than on a doorstep. Just hanging out on the doorstep,” says Roper.

It’s something this homeowner might consider the next time the UPS Santa’s make their rounds.

Here other some other tips to thwart thieves:

  • Have your package delivered at work.
  • Track your package and have a neighbor grab it for you.
  • Require a signature before the driver leaves the package.
  • And request the driver hide the package so it’s not visible from the street.

Here’s a list of UPS Access Point locations in Colorado:

Business Name Address City Zip
Video Video 310 S Chambers Rd Aurora 80017
L&M Grocery 16251 East Colfax Avenue Aurora 80011
El Angel Market 3133 Peoria St Aurora 80010
E Mart Inc. 14301 E Exposition Avenue Aurora 80012
Envios Guadalajara 1544 Lima Street Aurora 80010
Phone Store 3095 S Peoria St Aurora 80014
Shebelle Market Inc. 10731 E. Alameda Ave Aurora 80012
Dry Clean USA 17062 E Quincy Ave. A Aurora 80015
303 Wireless LLC 3340 Arapahoe Ave Boulder 80303
McGuckin Hardware Arapahoe Ave. 2525 D1 Boulder 80302
Green Crest Center 3725 Van Teylingen Colorado Springs 80917
Nic & Nak Marketplace 324 Main St Colorado Springs 80911
CK Wireless 4345 Airport Rd Colorado Springs 80916
Lincoln Market 1704 East 25th Ave. Denver 80205
Uptown Oasis 298 E. 20th Ave Denver 80205
Capitol Heights Pharmacy 1200 Madison Street Denver 80206
Video One 600 Downing Street Denver 80218
The Denver Bicycle Cafe 1308 E 17th Ave Denver 80218
McMahan Cleaners 290 S Logan Street Denver 80209
La Despensa Latina 4650 Tower Road Denver 80249
Tony's Market 950 950 Broadway Street Denver 80203
Cristina's Records 3226 W. Colfax Ave Denver 80204
Q Suprette 3519 W. Colfax Ave. Denver 80204
American Way Market 1115 W. 11th Ave Denver 80204
Hooked on Colfax 3213 E Colfax Ave Denver 80206
The Corner Coffee Bakery 1245 E Colfax Ave, Unit 105 Denver 80218
Battery Giant of Denver 603 Grant Street Denver 80203
Ace Hardware - Cherry Creek 1417 S Holly Street Denver 80222
Ace Hardware - Alameda Station 417 S. Broadway Denver 80209
Ben Wireless (Metro PCS) 4120 E. Colfax Ave Denver 80220
Seafood Landing Inc. 3457 W 32nd Ave Denver 80211
Panaderia Contreras 3570 Morrison Rd. Denver 80219
Capitol Convenience 1300 Pearl St Denver 80203
Botas Lucero 1550 S. Federal Blvd Denver 80219
Highlands Ace Hardware 3758 Osage Street Denver 80211
Keith's Coffee Bar 2450 S. Downing St. Denver 80210
Onsite Consulting Computer Repair 6446 E. Hampden Ave. #250 Denver 80222
Wireless Kinetics Ltd. 2150 E 88th Ave Unit # 2148 Denver 80229
St. Killian's Cheese Shop & Market 3211 Lowell Blvd Denver 80211
Buy Back Games 1509 W 84th Avenue Federal Heights 80260
Emerald City Smoothie 760 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite F Glendale 80246
Urban Survival Outfitters 10682 W. Alameda Ave Lakewood 80226
Pet World 7585 W. 10th Ave Lakewood 80214