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South Bend business is protecting holiday deliveries

A South Bend business will hold deliveries for you so they do not sit unattended outside when you are not home. // WSBT 22 photo

Thieves are taking advantage of you during the holiday season and your online ordering habits.

They're swiping packages left on your door step.

One South Bend business wants to prevent them from being stolen and is doing something to protect your deliveries.

Avenue Automotive in River Park is accepting and keeping its neighbors packages safe until they can pick them up.

Package theft has been a concern in the community for a number of years.

Business owner Bob Pellegrino had an idea to stop these thieves in their tracks.

Avenue Automotive is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so he thought "why not keep an eye on the boxes while people are away from home?"

Packages will remain in a secure spot until you can come pick them up.

Here's what you need to do:

First, get in touch with Avenue Automotive, and let them know you plan on sending the package.

Next, put the shop's address as your shipping location.

Employees will let you know when it's arrived.

To pick it up, bring a photo ID that matches the recipient.

"The River Park neighborhood here is fiercely loyal to the businesses here on Mishawaka Avenue. So, just as something to give back this time of year, we thought it would be a nice gesture,” said Avenue Automotive owner Bob Pellegrino.

Avenue Automotive is located at 3001 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend.

Their phone number is 574-288-0802.

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