Companies banding together to help stop package theft

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – According to UPS Monday is the busiest shipping day of the year. Which means those packages will soon be arriving at your doorstep.

Twenty-three million Americans have had packages stolen, according to a new report by Princeton Survey Research Association.

There are apps and emails to help you track your packages and now some local business are also trying to help holiday shoppers solve the ongoing problem of package thefts.

"What they do is they look at doorsteps they don’t knock on doors they don’t do anything," St. Louis County Police Officer Shawn McGuire said. "They just look to see if they porch is covered with merchandise they don’t really care what the merchandise is they know its something ordered for Christmas or right around the holiday season."

To avoid gift snatchers you can get your packages delivered directly to FedEx or UPS stores.

If you don’t have one of those near you UPS also just launched another new free service, UPS Access Points.

Access Points allow customers to pick up packages at 8,000 locations nationwide.

Locations like Clean Crafts Cleaners in the Central West End.

"We became an access point about three months ago," said owner Sherrone Wells.

How Access Point works is if a homeowner is not home when their package is delivered then it is taken to the nearest Access Point.

"We get some people who would prefer to just leave them but most people like to come in here and have their packages safe," said Wells.

As a small business owner Wells said she feels a sense of responsibility to the community.

"A lot of people in this area are our customers so you want to be able to help them when you can," said Wells.

If you do choose to get deliveries directly to your doorstep you should track packages with email or texts alerts or request signatures upon deliveries.

UPS officials predict the busiest deliver day of the year will be December 22nd.

They are scheduled to deliver about 36 million packages, which is one million more than last year.

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