Video captures Grinches at work stealing packages

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- Tis the season for porch Grinches to steal the cheer from Whoville. Or, in other words, the thousands of Christmas packages being left on doorsteps by Santa's delivery men from FedEx, UPS and other major delivery services.

On Monday, a thief spied a package on the doorstep of Jeremiah Moore who lives in the Wilderness Rim neighborhood in North Bend. Moore knows exactly when and how the thief stole his package because of his home video security system. He can guess on the why.

"He is my number one enemy right now," Moore said while standing at the scene of the crime, his front porch.

He installed a four-camera security system after his car was broken into a year ago, but he's learned that there's no guarantee the video will lead to an arrest. Despite catching the thief in the act, the resolution of the cameras are too low to make out a face.

In most cases, experts say homeowners can improve the resolution of their home security video by decreasing the length of the buffered recordings. The shorter the time span, the better the resolution.

Reducing the saved video from 30 days to a week often will improve the resolution because more digital information is being capture in each frame of video.

The King County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of Moore's package, which contained $320 worth of electronics intended to be Christmas presents for his kids. Moore says the shipper was Amazon and its already made good on the lost presents.

UPS says it's doubled its averaging daily package delivery right now. That's 200,000 packages a day just in the greater Seattle-Bellevue area.

Customers can sign up for a free service called UPS My Choice that lets recipients redirect package deliveries to other locations or place a "hold-for-pickup" at a distribution center. It's one way to stop thieves from enjoying their own brand of holiday cheer.