GREENSBORO, NC -- These days, more and more people are investing in high-tech doorbells. That means when you ring the door bell, the homeowner can see and hear you from wherever they are!

It's cool and can be helpful when you're getting holiday gifts delivered. But it doesn't necessarily prevent theft.

In Rudy Mejia's case in Austin, TX, his smart doorbell notified him when a package got dropped off. But less than 20 minutes later, the camera equipped doorbell popped another notification, while someone was taking the very same package! His neighbor's surveillance camera showed someone pulling up, running to Mejia's front door, taking the package, and driving off!

sadly, he's not the only one. says more than 23 million Americans had packages stolen from their doorsteps last year.

But there are simple steps you can take to prevent the theft!

  • Have the package delivered to a place with a person. That can be your job, a neighbor's house who you know will be home, or to the delivery store
  • Request a signature for your packages
  • Tell neighbors you're expecting a delivery so they can keep an eye out for it
  • Consider getting a security camera. That way, if someone does steal your stuff police have a way to identify the thieves.

That's what happened in this Corpus Christi, TX. A homeowner's surveillance camera caught a woman stealing his star shower light display at four in the morning! In the video, you can see the woman unplug and take the lights -- which were worth about $50!

But in O'Fallon, Missouri, the Reddan family's inflatable merry-go-round display was priceless. It reminded them of their mom-- who died suddenly four years ago. "To lose it was like losing her, a piece of her again," 17-year-old Sophie Reddan said. Because over the weekend, surveillance cameras caught someone stealing the merry-go-round decoration right out of their front yard.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending! After our news partners at KSDK aired the Reddan's story, the thief returned it with a note! The note said: I'm so sorry for what happened. I really messed up and felt so horrible, so I returned it. Very sorry for what I put you guys through.

The family doesn't know who stole, or returned the display, but they say they're thankful to have it back.

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