Apps and insider tips to protect your packages from porch pirates

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Package delivery tips and tricks (KTRK)

Watch out for porch pirates! These package thieves come out in full force this time of year with so many packages being shipped in time for Christmas. But there are some ways to protect yourself.

First: Re-route the package to the workplace or a local UPS store. But if that's not an option, require a signature.

Another idea: If you are not going to be home, provide delivery instructions. You can have the packaged delivered to a neighbor or someone you trust in the area, so plan ahead.

Try an app! Slice Package Tracker is an app that tracks your packages from several services such as UPS, USPS, DHL, and FedEx.

The app automatically grabs tracking numbers from your email and tracks the location of your packages. You can check a map as well to see updates and the status. The app will notify you when your packages are being shipped or out for delivery.

And brand new this month for Amazon Prime members is AMAZON KEY. It is now available in Houston.

You can get your packages securely delivered just inside your front door. Yes, you physically allow someone to come inside and drop off a package .

You have to purchase the Amazon Key "in-home" kit for 249.99. You get a camera, smart lock and the kit professionally installed.

If you are still too uncomfortable with that, you can use an Amazon locker. We checked 77005 and found a number of locker locations in our area. Take advantage of the options to protect your purchases.

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