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Yakima Police See an Increase in Holiday Package Thefts

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Police in Yakima are worried about an increasing trend this holiday season; people stealing packages.

A grinch is trying to steal Christmas from your front porch. The Yakima Police Department says there has been an increase in the thefts of delivered packages.

"I think because of the economy, the way things are this holiday season, some people are, not to make it right or wrong, but somebody is going to be doing without (presents), so they let their integrity go out the window," Postal worker Gerald Corbray said.

Gerald has worked at the Post Office for 20-years. He's seen many holidays pass in this mailroom. He says one simple trick for delivering packages is buying the signature confirmation service.

"Basically it's an extra $2 additional charge where they do require the signature of someone at the receiving end," Corbray said.

Police believe that the thieves may be following delivery trucks. And when the trucks leave, they get out and steal your package.

Some people have other ways to keep their deliveries safe.

"If you live in a neighborhood where you know your neighbors," Ninfa Gutierrez said. "I think that we can look out for each other."

"My neighbors, if there's something coming in and they're not going to be home for a while we'll pick it up, hold on to it until they get home and take it back across the street to them." Les Henderson said.

"You could always stay at home but who has time to stay at home these days!" Corbray said.

Police say if you see any suspicious activity after a delivery driver has dropped off a package, please call 9-1-1.