Former porch pirate shares tips on how to protect packages this holiday season

A porch pirate reveals the secrets so you can protect your holiday packages. (WPEC)

Cyber Monday sales are reaching new records, with shoppers expected to ring up a whopping $9.2 billion online on Monday, up 16.9 percent from a year ago.

That means porch pirates will soon be on the prowl with more and more packages landing on door steps.

A former porch pirate himself is now sharing some tips on how homeowners can protect their packages and property.

“Of the last 14 years, I’ve been incarcerated 9, and the last was 6 and a half straight.”

The man, who did not want to share his name, sat down with our Sinclair Station WZTV in Nashville.

“I would follow the UPS truck driver because who doesn't come out and get their package from UPS drivers? If they didn't come get it, I would just figure they weren't there and, instead of taking the package, I would just kick their door in.”

Here’s how he says you can scare off porch pirates.

“Maybe post some signs in your yard that say ADT, you know. I always was like. 'Okay, no; I don't think so.'”

Cameras, even fake ones, are also a good idea.

“I've looked up and seen the camera before, right before I kicked the door open and turned around and walked off.”

Another idea to keep in mind, this guy says he always struck during the day when most people are gone. So, if you can, try to get your packages delivered to work or when you’re home in the evening.

Police also suggest requiring a signature at delivery or getting packages sent to a neighbor who you know will be home to intercept the delivery.

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