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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, UPS expects to deliver 527 million packages, and the US mail says they'll hit 365 million. It's a busy time of year, and Hopkins Police Sgt. Mike Glassberg says thieves know it.

"As we get close to the shopping season, we see -- sometimes a large uptick, sometimes a small uptick -- of packages stolen from people's front doors," said Glassberg.

According to Glassberg, deliveries were reported stolen from Hopkins doorsteps every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year , but that doesn't mean it's on the minds of mailers.

"I have never thought of that ever until you mentioned that right now," Joe Olson told FOX 9 News just before dropped a package in the mail Thursday afternoon. "I have no idea where this package will end up."

The stolen items ranged from electronics to clothing.

"They are grabbing the box and they are gone," explained Glassberg.

Police, along with the US Postal Service, FedEx and UPS, all gave similar recommendations on how people can make sure packages get to the proper place.

PICK UP: People can opt to pick up a package at a branch location to avoid sending boxes to a vacant house.

PICK ATTENDED ADDRESSES: Officials also suggest shipping packages to a neighbor or relative who is home during the day -- or to your workplace, if allowed.

PAY ATTENTION: For the second holiday season, UPS is offering a service called My Choice, which will alert people by voicemail, text of e-mail when their package will be dropped off.

However, a spokesperson for UPS calls the entire idea of dropped-off packages being picked from front step an urban myth.

"UPS drivers are taught where and how to leave a package so it's out of sight and out of weather," says Dan McMakin. "It really doesn't seem to be an issue."

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