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**Consumer Alert**CFO Jimmy Patronis: 4 Tips to Protect Your Deliveries This Holiday Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla – With holiday shopping in full swing, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis offers tips to help you protect packages delivered to your home. With package thefts being reported across the state, these tips can help you ensure you receive your holiday items and don’t become the victim of a crime.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “This year alone, holiday online spending in the U.S. is projected to exceed more than $135 billion nationwide. Crooks can use package deliveries as an opportunity to scoop up your gifts and make a quick buck. Protect yourself and your family this holiday season by using some simple tips to ensure your gift shopping—and deliveries—goes smoothly.”
1. Invest in a smart doorbell or security camera. Smart doorbells will alert you when there is motion, such as a delivery person (or a criminal). These, along with security cameras, can be a major deterrent to package theft.

2. Ask a neighbor for help watching for deliveries. Using a buddy system with a neighbor can help you both keep an eye on deliveries and make sure nothing is taken. 

3. Have your packages sent to your workplace. If your employer allows it, have your packages sent to your workplace. Most packages are delivered during standard work hours and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll be there for delivery.
4. Pick up your packages from your local post office. If your neighborhood has had issues with packages being stolen, the safest delivery method is to pick them up directly from your local post office. While this may not be the most convenient, you won’t have to deal with missing items.
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