Packages sit on the front porch of a home in South Bend on Friday. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Packages sit on the front porch of a home in South Bend on Friday. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Over the next few weeks, more than 2.5 billion packages are expected to be shipped across the United States in advance of the holiday season.

It’s all about spreading cheer, but it’s also creating opportunities for thieves who are sometimes bold enough to follow delivery trucks looking for packages that can be grabbed without too much risk.

And it’s growing as more people opt to shop online and have parcels delivered to their doorsteps.

For years, police have been warning shoppers about leaving packages in their vehicles while out holiday shopping or while picking up purchases that were made online.

“Don’t make yourself an easy target — out of sight, out of mind,” said St. Joseph County Sheriff Bill Redman. Packages and valuables should be stashed in trunks or at least covered up so as not to create obvious targets for would-be thieves.

In addition, shoppers should consider dropping off packages at home before returning to the mall for more shopping or at least consider moving their vehicle to a different location to reduce the likelihood they were spotted putting items into their vehicle, said Mishawaka police Lt. Tim Williams.
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