Thieves are stealing joy this holiday season as police issue warning for people to be on the lookout for so-called porch pirates. 

Bold burglars are walking right up to the front and taking gifts. 

Twenty-three million Americans have had their packages stolen before they could open them, a number expected to rise this Christmas. 

“We’ve got record online shopping… we’re likely to have record number of packages delivered in December,” said Laura Adams of InsuranceQuotes.com.

Adams said although homeowners have tried everything from security cameras to security guards, the technique of the thieves hasn’t changed. 

“Unfortunately, many thieves are following delivery trucks around and simply waiting and watching for packages… to see if they’re received by the owner,” Adams said. 

Many experts say having packages delivered to work or to a neighbor who will be home is a better idea. 

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