Franklin Township police seek to catch package burglars

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Police in Franklin Township are stepping up their efforts to combat a new holiday crime.

Officials say they are seeing more packages stolen this year than ever before. One survey found that 23 million Americans have had packages stolen.

One police unit in New Jersey is trying to catch burglars in the act. They are disguising seemingly expensive gifts in boxes, but nothing is inside the box. If someone attempts to steal the package, police will be there to arrest them.

They have two surveillance teams on packages that are based on people's doorsteps.

So far, the police department recovered more than 100 items this year that they hope to return to their rightful owners. 

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