This time of year, there are opportunists presumably looking to do their Christmas “shopping” in as economical a way possible. I had some packages stolen off my front porch early one evening last week. So, I thought this would be a good occasion to recommend that, at least during this holiday season, you have your packages delivered somewhere they won’t sit openly unattended. I’ve since had my online purchases re-routed to my workplace and will be requesting that any packages sent by friends and family members from afar also make their way to my office. Your packages may not contain anything of monetary value or items easily pawned, but a thief doesn’t know or care what’s in the box until he’s opened it up. Besides, even the most ordinary stolen items (for example, pots and pans or clothing) make perfectly fine gifts for those who don’t know how they were obtained.