Amazon taking new steps to deter porch pirates

Delivery drivers taking pictures as packages are dropped off

DENVER – Online retail giant Amazon is starting a new program in hopes of stopping package thieves.

The company told CBS affiliate KCNC-TV that it's rolling out a new program called AMZL Photo on Delivery. An Amazon delivery person snaps a photo showing the package on the recipient's property. The customer then gets an email with the photo, confirming the delivery.

Amazon is implementing the program after law enforcement agencies reported an increase in package thefts from porches and doorsteps. Authorities recommend asking a trustworthy friend or neighbor to pick up any packages that will be delivered when no one is home.

Customers are allowed to opt out of the program, but a company spokesperson said it has been well-received so far.

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