Experts give tips on how to best protect packages from pesky 'porch pirates'

News 12's Jonathan Gordon has tips from experts on how to best protect your packages from pesky porch pirates - especially during the holiday season.
This holiday season, more than 12 billion packages and letters will be sent out nationwide. Dina Simonetti, the owner of The Mailbox Store of Westchester in Yorktown Heights, says she's two to three times busier than usual.
She offers private mailbox rentals, which are the top protection against "porch pirates."
Stolen mail is far too common - more than 40% of Americans reported having a package stolen at least once last year, according to C&R Research.
Security expert and owner of Peekskill-based LinkedUp Security Mike Ford shares tips to protect your packages if you don't have a private mailbox:
- having a video doorbell
- putting up signs warning potential thieves about cameras and alarms
- requiring a signature for packages
- asking a neighbor to hold the box for you
- getting deliveries to a secured Amazon Locker