While porch-package thieves are most active in December when gift deliveries are at a high, they also tend to look for front-stoop loot in summertime.

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Last year, AAA determined through a survey that at least 35 percent of families travel together during summer months. That means, at some point, no one will be home.

While porch-package thieves are most active in December when gift deliveries are at a high, they also tend to look for front-stoop loot in summertime. A Comcast Xfinity Home survey, reported in January by cnet.com, estimated 30 percent of Americans had had packages stolen from outside their homes.

There are ways to protect against porch piracy. Here are nine ways to avoid becoming a target:

1) Look into Amazon Key, which allows packages to be placed inside the home via a smart lock with a camera recording the activity; or, check to see whether Amazon provides one of its Lockers outside a store nearby. Once the package is delivered to the Locker, Amazon provides a combination that allows the consumer to retrieve the package.
2) Install a secured lock box near the front door with a smart padlock that scans packages so delivery drivers can unlock and place the package inside. One called BoxLock is due out in August; pre-orders are available.
3) Ask someone to house-sit, or enlist a neighbor to look for a package on the exact day and time it is due to arrive.
4) Have packages mailed to an office.
5) Install security cameras.
6) Wait until returning home to order items.
7) Leave a car parked in the front driveway so it appears someone is home.
8) Install motion-sensor security lighting that illuminates the front door area.
9) Set a specific delivery time and use the delivery service’s app to redirect or reschedule if not planning to be home.