(CBS Detroit) — As people buy online, now is the time to come up with a plan to avoid Christmas porch pirates.

According to a new survey from CNET, about 124 million Americans will leave those packages unattended for at least three hours.

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The survey also found that about a third of people do not have a plan to keep their gifts safe from thieves.

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Here are some tips to keep packages safe:

  • Take advantage of package tracking to stay informed when your package is delivered.
  • Install a motion-detecting video doorbell
  • Invest in a porch lockbox, instructing the delivery driver where to put the packages.
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