This time of year, the number of packages being delivered to homes in Lubbock dramatically increases. Unfortunately, that also means a rise in stolen packages, which is called "porch piracy."

Known as "Porch Pirates," these criminals will sometimes follow delivery trucks and steal packages dropped off at someone's home.

United Supermarkets on Wednesday announced a plan to help fight against the porch pirates. In a press release, United announced that 15 Lubbock-area stores will be able to accept FedEx deliveries.

This means you can now ship FedEx packages to a store to pick up rather than have the package delivered to your house where someone could steal it.

The stores participating in the program will hold packages at the Guest Services Counter. According to the United press release, here's what you need to do if you have a package delivered to United Supermarkets:

To retrieve a package, guests simply present their name and proper identification at Guest Services. The package is then scanned with an official FedEx handheld scanner, to update tracking information, and the guest signs to confirm receipt. Packages remaining at the close of business will be scanned to remain in “inventory” for pick up at a later time.

The following United Supermarkets locations are participating in the program:

  • United Supermarkets in Brownfield, 1401 Tahoka Road

  • United Supermarkets in Lamesa, 2302 Lubbock Hwy

  • United Supermarkets in Levelland, 511 College Ave

  • United Supermarkets in Littlefield, 701 Marshall Howard Blvd

  • United Supermarkets in Lubbock, 2630 Parkway Drive

  • Market Street in Lubbock, 3405 50th Street

  • Amigos in Lubbock, 112 N. University Ave

  • United Supermarkets in Lubbock, 401 Slide Road

  • United Supermarkets in Lubbock, 2703 82nd Street

  • Market Street in Lubbock, 4425 19th Street

  • United Supermarkets in Lubbock, 12815 Indiana Ave

  • United Supermarkets in Plainview, 3501 Olton Road

  • Amigos in Plainview, 2403 N. Columbia Ave

  • United Supermarkets in Post, 123 N. Broadway

  • United Supermarkets in Slaton, 615 S Hwy 84

Remember, this program applies to FedEx packages only, and no other FedEx services will be provided.