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USPS and UPS give options to prevent "Porch Pirates"

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Cyber Monday packages delivered when residents are not home could leave an easy opportunity for "porch pirates," or thieves, to take merchandise from homes. 

The Eau Claire Police Department said they have not have not seen any cases of porch piracy this year, but the UPS Store on South Hastings Way said they typically investigate a handful of cases every year. 

To prevent porch pirates, UPS has a free online program called "My Choice" that gives shoppers the option to protect their purchases, including the option of having packages delivered to the work place. 

"They know they won't be home, so they ask the UPS ahead of time to have the packages delivered at an access point for their convenience if they are not available for the delivery," UPS Store Manager Holly Bergerson said.

There are two access points where packages can be safely delivered in Eau Claire: the UPS Store on South Hastings Way, and the Goat Coffee House on Water Street. 

Anyone shipping with the United States Postal Service can pay an extra $3 or less to require a signature on the package before it is left. 

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