How to keep your mail safe from porch pirates this holiday season

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The holiday season is a time for gratitude and joy, but there are some people taking advantage of this delightful time of year- porch pirates. But is this activity impacting Fairbanks?

"Especially in the lower 48, you see a lot of the amazon packages, for example, are being stolen off of porches. We don't experience that too much up here, but mail theft, that's been pretty consistent over the years,” Deputy Chief of Police Dan Welborn said.

And while Fairbanksans don't have to worry too much about these porch pirates, Welborn gave us some advice on keeping your mail safe.

"Make sure your mail is taken in daily. Don't let it accumulate, some people do that. I have seen some people even check their mail and they'll file through it and for reason or another they leave the junk mail in the mail box, well thieves pay attention to that stuff and that contains very important information that can lead to fraud and theft."

Welborn adds that even your junk mail should be removed from your mail box, shredded or destroyed in some way so other people can't get your personal information. He says residents should also consider a more secure option like a P.O. box as some mail boxes on the sides of roads can be dark areas which are targets for thieves.

Welborn also advises residents to avoid sending cash, checks, and gift cards in the mail.