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OKC porch bandits in action 

As Christmas season barrels to its climactic end on December 25, packages are being dropped off on porches across the country and in the metro by UPS, FedEx and postal service workers. And thieves are taking advantage.

Oklahoma City resident John Karlin is fighting back with cameras and fake Amazon packages.

More than 23 million Americans have had delivered packages stolen from their property, according to a 2015 study by insuranceQuotes.com.

Karlin has recorded those who have attempted to steal from his home. Here's a look at thieves in action

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Spc. Nathan Randell, an Oklahoma City resident and member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs Soldiers on how he wants them to cross a road during the Basic Leader Course field training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Western Ukraine, on Oct. 11. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)

Spc. Nathan Randell, an Oklahoma City resident and member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs Soldiers on how he wants them to cross a road during the Basic Leader Course field training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on...

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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