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Published November 29, 2012, 08:26 PM

Ways to make sure your gifts get into the right hands this holiday season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The holiday season rush is on, as people purchase and send out gifts to loved ones. But with more boxes full of presents piling up on doorsteps, more thieves are out to get them. Employees at UPS are working overtime to make sure each person has a present this holiday season.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The holiday season rush is on, as people purchase and send out gifts to loved ones. But with more boxes full of presents piling up on doorsteps, more thieves are out to get them. Employees at UPS are working overtime to make sure each person has a present this holiday season.

Lewis: "our goal is always to get the package to the customer as quickly and efficiently as possible"

And with about a billion boxes expected to be delivered in the next month across the country, the opportunities for stealing them have sky rocketed.

Lewis: "our drivers are actually trained to leave a package out of sight of the passing public, so often times a garage is a great place to leave a package, a front porch."

Videos are posted all over the internet- delivery men dropping off a package, and moments later someone coming to steal it away.

Fortunately in the Fargo area, this isn't too common.

Lykken: "what usually happens is a package is left in a hallway of an apartment more so than other places or outside a front door, and people actually do drive around and look for this stuff. "

UPS loads increase by about 80 percent during the holiday season, meaning more packages left on the doorsteps.

Lewis: "customers actually have the opportunity now through a service that we offer called My Choice, where they can actually custom tailor their delivery schedule around their needs"

Another suggestion, when you order or send something, pay a few dollars for a signature and delivery confirmation. That way the box won't sit on the stoop.

Lykken: "especially let's say you order a computer or a high dollar mp3 player, I would imagine the cost is minimal when you look at the price of the whole product."

A small price to pay, for a present Christmas day. The US postal service reported more than 2,000 mail thefts nationwide last year.

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