Are You Doing Holiday Shopping Online? Avoid Becoming A Victim With These Tips

Online shopping is one way to avoid busy malls and big box-stores during the holiday season.

But is it safe?

Miami-Dade police officers are warning stay-at-home shoppers to take some precautions before clicking the order button.

“Keep package deliveries safe from thieves!” the department tweeted a day before Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days.

Over the weekend, someone became a victim when a package was stolen from in front of a Hialeah home. Cameras caught a man walking up to a home on the 600 block of West 53rd Terrace and snatching a large brown box, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

And that isn’t the first time someone lost a package to a thief. Last April, someone walked onto a porch at home just outside of Coral Gables and took a package.

Here are some tips from the Miami-Dade Police Department‘s website:

  • Pay with low-limit credit cards or use third-party services including Paypal.
  • Do not save passwords and always log off when done.
  • Make sure someone is home when a package is delivered.
  • If possible have the package delivered to a store for pickup.
  • Request a signature delivery option.
  • Use video surveillance.


Source: Miami Herald