It's almost Black Friday/Cyber Monday, which for many holiday gift givers means one thing: online shopping, and waiting for all those packages to arrive in the mail. The last thing you want is for any of your delivered gifts to disappear before you ever find them on your porch.

Sheriff Maciol and the members of the Sheriff’s Office would like to offer tips to protect your deliveries from “porch pirates”.

- Always utilize package tracking to know when your package is out for delivery.

- Request a signature upon delivery whenever possible.

-If you are not home to sign your package, check for services that allow you to automatically redirect your delivery to a trusted neighbor’s address.

-Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for your package.

- Take advantage of technology by installing a video doorbell or security camera to deter or capture photos of a thief.

- Invest in a porch lock box or mailbox sensor.

- Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and USPS offer lockers and post office boxes to keep your packages secure until you pick them up. Some of these services are free.

- Customize Delivery Times - So you receive can your packages near a desired time.

- Ship to the Store - If the retailer has the option, ship the package to the store, some retailers also offer contactless pickup.

- Leave Instructions - Leave instructions for your carrier, and ask them to place package in an area out of plain view.