Holiday season means increase in mail theft

SHOREWOOD, Wash. -- It's the busiest shopping season of the year, and police say everyone needs to be extra cautious about thieves.

"Unfortunately, this is the time of year for giving and its also the time of year for some people to be thieving," said Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

A man and woman were seen Thursday morning stealing packages from a front porch in Shorewood, and West said it's just that type of crime that picks up during the holiday season.

"I'm hearing more and more about this so it's a big concern," she said. "There's no specific neighborhood (being targeted.) It doesn't matter where you live."

Brian Williamson lives in Shorewood and said he's paying extra close attention to his own packages this year.

"I follow the tracking, so I knew it was coming today," he said.

While tracking packages and trying to be home when they arrive cuts down on your chances of being victimized, West said some thieves are just too bold and too quick to stop.

"In the past we've heard that people follow the trucks around, and when the driver leaves they'll go to the porch and steal the items," she said.

Experts say the best way to avoid theft is to insure your packages, follow the tracking number and let a neighbor know when the shipment is expected if you can't be home to accept it. Buyers can also have packages shipped to their office or have them held at the shipping company for pick up.