Research shows nearly all holiday shoppers say they plan to buy at least one gift online for their holiday shopping.
And most of them will be shipped to their homes.
Kezi 9 news reporter emma withrow shows us... just because your porch may have a camera... it doesn't mean thieves can't ruin your christmas.
The u.s. post office reports that in 2018 postal inspectors arrested almost 2,500 suspects for mail theft.
A mail inspector with the post office told me that residents need to be aware of this crime because it happens every single day.
"the biggest thing that we tell our customers, is they should not leave mail over night in a mail box, doesn't matter if its a locking mail box or not, they shouldn't leave parcels on their porch."
Although mail theft is a crime that happens year round, jeff blonde,of eugene's crime prevention unit, says that mail and packages are currently more prone to getting stolen since the holiday season has officially begun.
Jeff: "its only as good as the tools that are being used to defeat it, what we always say in crime prevention is given enough time and tools the theives will find a way to get into something or take something."
Bridge: with security cameras flooding the front porches of neighborhoods throughout eugene, police say thieves are adapting& moving from the porch to the mail box --- away from the cameras.
Lonni: "been struggling for the last week and a half trying to find out where a check that was supposed to be sent to me was, and i have not heard back yet."
Sale says residents need to be extremely cautious as the holiday season begins.
Reporting in eugene, emma