Beware: Thieves using smartphones to steal your holiday packages

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Police say package thieves are getting smarter and are using apps to track deliveries to your home. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Some enterprising thieves may have figured out how to get their hands on your hot holiday packages and all they need is their smartphones.

Here's how it works: A UPS driver leaves your package at your front porch. A short time later, a thief using a phone app arrives to pick up your package.

Authorities say the technology is allowing thieves to play the Grinch, timing their crimes perfectly.

A homeowner in Los Angeles recently captured surveillance video as someone backed up a U-Haul van into the driveway and snatch two boxes left only minutes before by UPS.

The thieves were captured a short time later.

UPS denies their technology is compromised, but says you should schedule deliveries for when you are home or have items shipped to your office.
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