BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — This Christmas, Louisiana Attorney General and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office offer tips to protect your packages from “porch pirates.”

“Many of our neighbors are shopping online more this holiday season than before,” says Attorney General Landry, adding “unfortunately, means an increase in marks for package thieves.”

Official says do not let porch pirates steal your joy this holiday.

According to a home security website, More than half of Americans say they’ve heard of at least one package stolen at some point.

Landry says places like New Orleans rank tenth in the country for “porch pirates” and neighboring communities are not far behind. According to the PIO with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Donovan Jackson, says the department is no stranger to this behavior.

“We know that people have a lot of Christmas Gifts, being delivered to their door,” says Jackson. “We know that’s the easiest way to shop, but of course, you’re going to have people take advantage of that.”

The officials both want the citizens in our area to know of some tips to help keep your packages.

Attorney General Jeff Landry lists his tips:

  • Get your deliveries at more secure locations. Ship packages to work or use the “ship-to-store” option.
  • Sign up for delivery alerts so you may track the package and possibly arrange to be present for home deliveries.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to get your packages if you are not able to be there when they arrive.
  • Require signatures for your deliveries.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you spot a package at your neighbors’ doorstep, call them and ask if they would like you to hold onto it until they return home.

Donovan mentions how he agrees with the Attorney General’s tips. “It can’t stop a person from stealing the packages but it can help us find them, one thing to do is to get a doorbell camera,” Jackson adds.

Getting a doorbell camera, allows law enforcement to capture the thief’s face or body. Once found through recognition, there’s a heavy charge for stealing those presents.

Charges for “Porch Pirates” include, “one of them is theft, and you could also face trespassing charges. I know for sure theft charges if it’s up to a thousand dollars, then you can face up to six months in jail,” according to Jackson.

For more information about protecting your packages, you can view the Attorney General’s full video here.