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Thieves just waiting for your holiday packages

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Kenny Hackett's surveillance camera caught this man stealing packages from his front porch. (FOX5) Kenny Hackett's surveillance camera caught this man stealing packages from his front porch. (FOX5)

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, with more and more people choosing to make purchases online. It's a fact crooks know all too well.

One Grinch was caught on surveillance video this week, treating himself to a Las Vegas man's packages.

The victim, Kenny Hackett, has eight cameras around his home. He said he's had a few items stolen in the past, but nothing like this.

"It happens. There [was] only $55 worth of two items, but the principle behind it, he shouldn't have done what he did and I hope he gets caught," Hackett said.

Hackett said he couldn't believe his eyes when he watched a thief steal two packages from his doorstep. When he noticed his orders hadn't arrived, Hackett called the shipping company.

"They said it was delivered three days ago, and I said, ‘OK, I think someone stole it.' So then I went to the garage, did a tape review, and here it is, the guy who took my two packages," Hackett said.

Video shows the packages being delivered at 12:50 p.m. An hour later, a white Chevy Cavalier can be seen circling the block. After making a few trips around the block, a white adult man gets out, walks up to the front door and makes off with the packages.

"I felt violated. I didn't think it was right of him, driving down my street, stopping and picking up something that didn't belong to him," Hackett said.

Crimes of opportunity such as this are common this time of year, according to UPS Store owner Matthew McGovern. McGovern said there are typically two to three times more packages shipped around Christmas time than the rest of the year. He recommends always having someone sign for your packages.

"UPS has a My Choice [delivery option] where you can actually redirect or hold the package. You can have it directed to the local UPS store where you live," McGovern said.

McGovern said you should ship your holiday packages by next week in order to give recipients plenty of time to pick them up. Also, keeping a close eye on estimated arrival dates will cut down on theft.

"By tracking it you're going to know when it's going to be there. Another good option is to send it to the place of business instead of their home. If they're able to receive packages at their place of work, they're going to get signed for," McGovern said.

McGovern also said the way you pack gifts will affect the chances of them being stolen.

"Gift cards, via UPS, we don't put it in a flat envelope. We put it in a little box. You know, be creative. Protect yourself. Don't make it obvious is the rule of thumb," he said.

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