Picture this.

You're searching the internet and you finally find the perfect gift for your loved one. You order it immediately and check the tracking information constantly. The mail carrier says it's been delivered, but when you get home, it's nowhere in sight.

It was stolen, perhaps by "porch pirates," as Tucson police call them. Most recently, police said they're searching for a man who was seen stealing packages from the doorstep of a midtown home.

Here are 7 tips, beyond installing security cameras, to help you protect your packages this holiday season — and other times of the year, too.

Metro Producer

Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.