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Package theft expected to increase after Cyber Monday

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Many Iowans should be expecting packages on their front door steps these next few days.

Cyber Monday just wrapped up, and with more and more shoppers taking advantage of online deals, police say they're expecting a spike in theft.

On Wednesday, the first package theft in Waterloo was reported.

Police are investigating a case from Wednesday afternoon. A Waterloo woman claims a package was stolen off her doorstep.

Again, this is something police are expecting to see more of soon.

An Adobe shopping data report suggests Americans dropped over $2.5 billion on Cyber Monday.

Soon, hundreds of those packages will be dropped off on doorsteps -- but that doesn't mean they'll stay there.

"It was supposed to be delivered one day, when I went to look for it, it was gone," says Waterloo resident Brian Long.

He says the mixed martial arts clothing he was expecting in the mail never showed up, even though the Postal Service says they delivered it.

"It took me about a week before I finally heard back from the postal service," Long said. "After that, I contacted my sponsor and they sent a second shipment through UPS."

Long says it was a frustrating process.

Police offer these tips to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to you:

1. Keep track of the package online so you can anticipate the delivery.

2. Have the package delivered to a neighbor.

3. Require a signature for the delivery.

4. Or if you need your package immediately, change your shipping address to your place of work. But make sure that's OK with your boss first.

These are lessons Long says he learned the hard way.

"Me and my fiancee just ordered wedding rings online, and they got sent by UPS," he said. "We have tracking numbers. Hers came today, mine's due Friday, and I'm still tracking it now."

Waterloo Police say offenders would of course be charged with theft, and the degree of theft would depend on the value of the package.

They could also be charged with criminal trespass for coming onto the property to steal the packages.

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