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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: A general view of atmosphere during the Amazon Prime Summer Soiree hosted by Erin and Sara Foster held at Sunset Towers on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Amazon)

It’s that time of the year where the porch pirates are out and they have no shame in stealing your Christmas gifts.

A Colorado woman has come up with a brilliant way to get back at those thieves while also getting her trash hauled away for free!

Colorado Springs resident Christine Hyatt says she’s been putting her garbage in old Amazon boxes and setting them on her porch when they’re full. Sure enough, they’re almost always gone by the following day.

“We forgot to set our trash out for Thanksgiving, so we were overflowing with trash,” she says, recalling how she came up with the idea. “I’ve had packages stolen and I went, ‘You know what? I have extra boxes — let’s see if someone will take our trash!'”

Although Hyatt has set out a number of boxes — which are usually filled with food scraps, cigarette butts, kitty litter and discarded wrappers — since Thanksgiving, local thieves have not yet caught on to the deception.

“My daughter told me that it was gross,” she says. “But they deserve it.”

Have you had packages stolen this year? Do you have a trick for discouraging them?

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