Unless you’ve had a package stolen from your doorstep, you probably don’t give much thought to where FedEx or UPS or the U.S. Postal Service drops off a delivery.

But maybe you should. Law-enforcement agencies from Jacksonville, Florida, to Princeton, Colorado, are alerting people about package theft by Scrooge-y crooks who could make the holidays a little less merry by snatching holiday gifts from their doorsteps. This comes in a year when package-delivery companies are forecasting record deliveries: FedEx estimates it will transport 317 million parcels from Black Friday through Christmas season, UPS says it will handle 630 million packages, and the U.S. Postal Service expects to make 600 million deliveries.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make sure your packages stay out of the grasp of pilferers.

With the U.S. Postal Service, for instance, you can authorize the USPS to have certain deliveries left at a back or side door, on the porch, in the garage, or with a neighbor (to do so, you'll first need to create an account at USPS.com and enter the package tracking number to see whether it's eligible). Deliveries can also be held for pickup at a post office or be delivered to a GoPost location. Gopost is a new, convenient way to receive and ship packages. They’re automated, secured, self-service parcel lockers placed near certain post offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, transportation hubs, shopping centers.

FedEx and UPS also offer alternatives. With FedEx Delivery Manager, for instance, you can customize delivery times and addresses, have your packages held at a FedEx location, sign for your delivery in advance, and provide specific delivery location instructions. You can sign up for free but FedEx charges a fee for certain services, such as scheduling a delivery.

UPS offers a service called My Choice (the basic program is free) that gives you advance notice of delivery times and allows you to reroute packages to another address or reschedule deliveries for a future date. You can also activate a vacation setting to have packages held and delivered when you return home.

UPS has a separate service, Access Point, that allows you to drop off and pick up packages at designated neighborhood businesses—supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, dry cleaners, and the like. (You’ll need a government ID to retrieve your package.) There are more than 8,000 Access Point locations nationwide, and the service has expanded to around 100 cities including, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City. All 4,400 UPS Store locations across the country are part of the network.

Amazon.com also offers an alternative to home delivery. Instead of adding a shipping address at checkout, you can designate delivery to an Amazon Locker—a self-service kiosk located in shopping centers, retail stores, transit stations, and elsewhere. Once you select an Amazon Locker, you’ll receive a pickup code when the package is delivered. You can then collect your package up to three business days after delivery. If you fail to do so, the package will be returned to Amazon. Amazon Lockers are currently in a smattering of cities including Philadelphia, Portland, and San Diego.

If you do nothing and end up being a victim of a package snatcher, you might have at least one good way to recoup your loss. American Express offers protection for members who charge a covered purchase that ends up being stolen. The coverage is limited to $1,000 per occurrence. Check with your credit-card company for specifics.