New app working to cut down on holiday package thefts

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just days away and experts predict more shoppers will turn to their computers instead of brick and mortar stores.

Last year, online retail sales topped $200 billion in the United States, but that number is expected to grow by about 10 percent this year, according to Shop.org.

While many shoppers rejoice for the added savings, there is also a bit of worry that comes along with buying items online.

“I always felt like I was being punished by the current delivery system for having a full-time job, and the question was why can’t this be delivered when I’m actually home?” asked Zander Adell, the co-founder of Doorman.

Law enforcement officials are warning online shoppers about the risks associated with convenience.

Thieves have been known to take packages from doorsteps in broad daylight.

However, Adell says he has created an app that can ensure that your package will arrive safely to your home.

Doorman‘ allows the retailer to ship your package to them and not to your home for $4 a package.

“Once it arrives, we notify you on your phone. Then you use the Doorman app to schedule delivery until midnight, seven days a week,” Adell said.

Experts say it is a bold business model that has failed in the past, but it may be the way of the future for holiday shoppers.