Package deliveries are anticipated to increase in the days leading up to Christmas as more shoppers look to online retailers for their purchases.

According to the United States Postal Service, the week before Christmas is the busiest mailing and shipping period of the year.

In a press release distributed by the agency, the USPS said it expects 2.5 billion pieces of mail, included packages, to be process and delivered between Dec. 18 and Dec. 25.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the agency estimates it will deliver 800 million packages.

Starkville Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Brandon Lovelady said the increase in deliveries presents an opportunity for thieves.

"If someone can see a package from the street, that makes you an easy target," Lovelady said.

Lovelady said the lack of information available about the crime if a thief steals a package from outside of someone's home makes it more difficult to catch the criminal.

Video doorbells that record footage outside of a home are the most effective devices the public can utilize to help law enforcement catch thieves, Lovelady said.

"As people embrace technology more, it helps us more," Lovelady said.

For more on this story, read Saturday's Starkville Daily News.

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