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Sally well the grinch may not the only one out -- to -- your gifts on Christmas this season over twenty billion holiday gifts will be sent through the mail.
An opportunity to attempting for a thief to ignore and -- make it a killing intercepting thousands of packages in some cases but this person.
Walking up grab and that packages for office someone's doorstep.
Taken at home for myself running away.
Identity theft expert Robert Sicily on -- joins us now is to protect yourself and your gifts this holiday season Robert nice to see this morning.
-- -- So let's -- walk through some of these tips here first obesity install it locking mailbox.
At home on the inside or outside it it's it doesn't matter right.
So on the outside your home a locking mail boxes one -- the postal carrier can put mail -- but the bad guy can't take mail out.
This is generally good for a envelopes opposed to packages but it's one layer protection -- Texas.
Nice of superb identity protection not necessarily the larger.
Packages which may bring -- -- second point here which is set up a PO box for the season easy to do.
Yes yeah that's what I have a -- boxes while and they cost anywhere from fifty to a hundred dollars per year or less.
And doubt that requires all your mail to go to the postal annex essentially.
The only part that could still be the carrier she -- usually pretty good shape there that's one of your bachelor's action.
You also say to drop your mail off at the post office what do you mean by that.
So any outgoing mail take it right to the post up as opposed to putting it in your mailbox at the flag up -- got means bad guys can come and get it.
Okay and packages to -- course and we leave -- publisher actually.
A lot of people printing at home so that that works for both envelopes and packages.
You say -- you're required to get that signature required people ignore that -- they're too lazy with that they don't wanna make sure that they're there but really really important to do.
This is balancing convenience with security essentially no signature -- they can drop right out the door.
Right -- your mailbox whereas signature required if you're not home.
You've got to go right -- the post office and get it that really is the best kept right there is it is on his signatures required then they have to give it to human being.
Utilize the -- deluxe security checks I don't know what those are.
So basically contact your postal annex will.
Require the post office to pay close attention -- -- Address I had -- stolen -- one point.
And I contacted an -- -- and now they are wearing communication.
And they know that that my properties that risk so they monitor it -- postal -- knows why am.
And they don't just leave packages without having some patent approval.
And and Robert if I can add one little tip those are five great -- I have my own as it as a tech guy to appear today it's a product of actually featured on the show and it.
-- still these videos were showing here it's because people and cameras set up.
And as a really cheap option that drop cam which I featured here on the show a couple of times.
You know it's under a hundred bucks you plug it in your home Wi-Fi network you can watch your home from anywhere in the world over your -- cellular network and it records.
Video when there's motion.
And it -- stores it up in the clouds you have DVR of this guy coming up your front porch you guys using cameras like that Robert.
Video was great certainly another layer protection video definitely the bad guys know that is an -- -- from an additional paying attention.
It sometimes can -- them because they think it might get caught.
Keeping in mind -- that it can also be a false sense of security put a body on don't -- -- -- so really in the end signature required.
A requiring the post which I did not leave a package unless of course you can't receive it via an I -- with the camera -- you get you.
They've already -- your package you just have the video when you left Robert great to see -- morning some great tips.
Roberts is Leon it was good to see you thanks so much.
Thank you -- --
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