Keeping Holiday Deliveries Safe From Porch Pirates

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Black Friday may not have been as busy this year in-store, but early reports are showing it was a big day for online sales. Adobe Analytics monitors sales at online retailers in the United States.

According to the Analytics website shoppers spent $7.4 billion online this past Black Friday. The company says they are projecting Cyber Monday sales will hit a new record this year at $9.4 billion. That would surpass last year's record of $7.9 billion dollars. 39 % of all online Black Friday sales this year were placed through cell phones.

As we still wait for official numbers and reports to come in it seems as though this was a big year for shopping online.

Now as you wait for your package to arrive you need to make sure it stays safe from porch pirates.

According to C+R Research of the 2,000 people surveyed, 36% say they had their packages stolen.

UPS said, there are multiple options to make sure your package remains safe when using their company. 

The first tip: ship it to where you are, meaning if you are at work, ship it to your workplace, not your home. You can also instruct the UPS driver to leave your package in a certain location at your home, such as inside your shed or behind your garage.

One other option is having your package shipped to a UPS Access Point. These include stores such as CVS, Michaels and The UPS Store. There are more than 14,000 Access Point locations.

Some people even take major steps including putting up cameras at their front door to catch these suspected porch pirates. Ring doorbell said they have caught multiple porch pirates in the past. They sent TV20 a video of one unusual porch pirate, a bear stealing a package from a house in Reno, Nevada.