Protect your packages this holiday season


GOOD EVENING, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, I’M NICK ARESCO. IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND HOLIDAY PACKAGES DON’T ALWAYS END UP IN THE RIGHT HANDS… 22NEWS REPORTER JENNIFER ZARATE JOINS US LIVE IN CHICOPEE TO TELL US HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PACKAGES FROM SO-CALLED “PORCH PIRATES.” JENN: THERE ARE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PACKAGES SAFE THIS HOLIDAY — LIKE REQUIRING A SIGNATURE FOR DELIVERY OR TURNING TO NEIGHBORS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YOU… TO AVOID “PORCH PIRATES,” — CROOKS CAUGHT ON CAMERA STEALING PACKAGES FROM EMPTY HOMES… YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PACKAGE DROPPED OFF AT A SIDE OR BACK DOOR IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR PACKAGE TO BE VISIBLE FROM THE STREET… ONE LONGMEADOW MAN TOLD 22NEWS, HE DOESN’T WORRY ABOUT STOLEN PACKAGES BECAUSE HE WORKS FROM HOME… BUT HE SUGGESTS FOR THOSE WHO DON’T — TO GET THE SECURITY THEY NEED. RICHARD ANGELSON: LONGMEADOW I’M NOT ON ALERT AT ALL… SOMEBODY ELSE WHO WORKS AND THEY’RE BUYING ALL TYPES OF MERCHANDISE FROM AMAZON, AND RUNS INTO SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS, THEY SHOULD BE ON GUARD. YOU CAN ALSO HAVE YOUR PACKAGE DELIVERED TO YOUR WORKPLACE TO STEER CLEAR OF BECOMING AN EASY TARGET FOR “PORCH PIRATES.” OR YOU CAN KEEP AN EYE ON DELIVERIES BY INSTALLING A SMART DOORBELL LIKE “RING,” WHICH COMES WITH A CAMERA THAT LINKS TO YOUR PHONE. JENNIFER ZARATE: WORKING FOR YOU AND GET THIS — LAST YEAR, NEARLY 26 MILLION AMERICANS HAD A HOLIDAY PACKAGE STOLEN RIGHT OFF THEIR DOORSTEP. SUE DOW: LONGMEADOW WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT WE LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE OUR NEIGHBORS WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER. SO, WE TAKE EACH OTHER’S PACKAGES AND WE TRY TO ALERT THEM AHEAD OF TIME. IT WORKS VERY WELL, AND SO FAR WE’VE BEEN VERY LUCKY. JENN: UPS AND AMAZON ALSO HAVE LOCKERS AT RETAIL STORES WHERE PACKAGES CAN BE DELIVERED… REPORTING LIVE IN CHICOPEE, JZ – 22NEWS

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