Americans exchanging holiday gifts in mail due to COVID-19 pandemic

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

With coronavirus cases surging across the country, many Americans will be exchanging gifts via mail this holiday season.

A recent survey conducted by Security Nerd says 43 percent will scale back in-person holiday gift exchanges with friends and family, with 38 percent planning to ship directly from retailer to recipient, according to a release and YouTube message from the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

This new trend also means criminals and thieves may be eyeing packages left on your front porch, warned the video.

The City Attorney's office offered some tips for people to avoid having holiday packages stolen:

- Receive packages yourself or ask a neighbor or anyone you trust.
- Whether sending a gift to someone or ordering something yourself online, request a signature.
- Use tracking numbers and delivery notifications to know when packages arrive.
- Utilize security lockers installed at major retailers so that you can pick up your packages.
- Use security cameras to record video and speak to people at your door even if you aren’t home.
- If you are going to be out of town, go online and let the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx know and have them hold your packages till you get back.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer is urging people to take a proactive approach to avoid having mail stolen.

"Receive packages yourself or ask a neighbor or someone you trust to receive it. Whether you are sending a gift to someone or ordering something yourself online, request a signature. Use tracking numbers and delivery notifications to know when packages arrive," he says.

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