To help keep your season merry rather than maddening, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has issued the following online shopping tips:
Shop at secure websites. When paying, make sure the website address begins with https (the “s” at the end means it’s supposed to be more "secure"). It also means the website encrypts the information it sends.
Packages that sit on a porch or door step are more likely to be stolen. There have been cases where thieves will drive behind a delivery truck and wait for the driver to leave the package on the porch or doorstep and then steal the package.
If possible, send the package to a relative or neighbor that is home during the day and is expecting the package.
Always try to request signature confirmation on deliveries. This will ensure that the delivery person won’t leave the package unattended.
Send packages to your work rather than your home. This will ensure that you receive the package or someone will sign for it if you are not available.