As the craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday pass, many people are receiving deliveries to their homes in the coming weeks and authorities are warning of the possibility for stolen packages. Not only did she lose the gift, but said, “it hits your heart really hard, especially the fact that my parents were saving it up all year and they don’t have a lot of money.” Local Mother Micalya Robertson said she’s fallen victim to this kind of thief, “my mother had been nice enough to save up for the whole year, money, $200, it was on a Walmart gift card and unfortunately while I was at work one day, somebody stole it out of my mailbox.” “One of the best ways that people can protect themselves is just through tracking their packages, knowing when things are going to be delivered,” Barcek added. (WBNG) — Authorities are warning against ‘porch pirates’ as you order gifts this holiday season. Detective Barcek said delivering packages to work is a good way to avoid package thieves. Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Barcek said, “you’re always going to see an increase in the amount of larcenies around this time because people are getting more stuff delivered to them.” “You can also have them diverted to a facility for those companies where you could then pick them up which is the safest way,” he added. He says the so-called ‘porch pirates’ are not shy this time of year. Now, Robertson doesn’t send packages to her home, but rather her work. Since that change, she’s been holiday theft-free. Officials recommend keeping you property well-lit and said cameras can be helpful. “We’ve seen these criminals being so brazen, they’ll come out in broad daylight and just take things.” If you think a package of yours was stolen, authorities say first check with your carrier to make sure it was brought to the right address. If your package was stolen, get in touch with police as soon as possible.