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Package Theft Rising as More Order Online

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wondering why that gift you ordered online a week ago hasn't arrived yet?

Well, it may not be the retailer's fault or the result of slow shipping.  What's been occurring more often are thieves swiping packages from doorsteps.

Package thefts are being reported all around the nation, and while it's not quite reached the epidemic stage, it's still upsetting to those who have spent good money to make the holidays a little brighter for loved ones -- or themselves for that matter.

Some victims know they have been ripped off when they see a notification from the shipper that a package has been left, minus the box.  But that's not always the case, and with Christmas on Tuesday, there's little that can be done now to replace what's been swiped.

Often, people don't notify the police when they've been robbed of packages so there's no way to know the precise extent of the problem.

While it's probably too late to do anything about it this year, it's recommended that packages be sent to places of work or a residence where they know someone is home.  Signing up for delivery confirmation is another option.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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