SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Neighbors are reporting packages being stolen right off of front steps in Shreveport's Broadmoor neighborhood.
With holiday packages headed to your front door, thieves may be standing by waiting to grab them before you can.
It's again that time of year when neighborhood streets twinkle with lights and Christmas trees and nativities decorate yards.
But it's also the time of year that the likelihood of packages being stolen right off your front stoop dramatically increases.
"It's sad that it happens around Christmastime when the presents you try so hard to find the perfect one get taken," said Melissa Shurling, a Broadmoor resident.
Shurling said her neighbors are turning to social media to report when packages are stolen off front porches. "We are just letting people be aware of what's going on so we can help our neighborhood be safer around Christmastime," she added.
A neighbor on Shurling's street reported having had a package stolen. "It's kind of unnerving, you would like to think you are safe in certain neighborhoods, but it can happen anywhere."
To avoid falling victim to the thefts, neighbors are being extra vigilant and watching out for each other to help ensure everyone's packages are safe.
"We have our neighbors take our packages. If we've been gone too long, he keeps them for us," Shurling said. "Just look out for your neighbors.
Breanna Campbell said her neighbor across the street keeps a lookout for them during the day when they aren't there.
Campbell also said she takes no chances and, instead, has her packages delivered to her work. "That way I know where they are going,. This time of year, people get desperate and take from other people."
Besides sending your package to a secure place, other safety features are available like package tracking, item insurance and signature delivery.
Would-be thieves spend time casing neighborhoods. They're looking for easy targets like seeing a package on a doorstep.
Officials advise residents to sign up for text message delivery notifications or ask a neighbor you trust to get your packages if you're not home.