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With the holiday season in full-swing, unfortunately package thieves are busier than ever. In fact, 1 in 4 Americans has reported having a package stolen from their doorstep or porch, according to a report by August Home (makers of smart locks). There are ways you can help your gifts and delivered packages stay safer from box bandits and porch pirates.
How to Deter Package Theft
Set Up Security Cameras at Your Front Door
Simply seeing a camera may be enough of a deterrent for most parcel pickpockets, but if not at least you’re likely to get a good look at the culprit and will have proof. The Ring Spotlight Camera with Two-Way Talk & Siren Alarm lets you see who’s at your door as well as talk to them.
If your notified that your packages have been delivered and no one is home, you can call a neighbor and ask them to retrieve them until you get home.
Have Them Delivered Elsewhere
If you know that you won’t be home or even in town when your parcels will be delivered, schedule them to be delivered to you work address or another friend or family member’s house. Or ask that your parcels are delivered in a more secure location at your home than your front door, like your garage, inside the back fence or gate, or hidden behind a planter on the porch or elsewhere more out of sight.
Pick Up Your Packages from a Secure Location
Amazon now has Amazon Lockers in 70+ metropolitan areas, and UPS and FedEx offer free in-store pick-up, so you can choose to have your items taken to your local UPS or FedEx store rather than left on your doorstep unattended, and you can pick them up yourself.
Scheduling & Tracking
Try to schedule your delivery for a time when you or someone else will be at home, or require that your packages are signed for so they cannot be left at the door. You can also check the parcel’s tracking information and try to schedule your day in a way that allows you or someone else to be home when it will be delivered.
It may require a little forethought, but it is more convenient to plan your package delivery than to have to go through the hassle of reordering and waiting again for them to be delivered.
Did you know that in 2017, Amazon shipped more than 5 BILLION items to Prime members? (That doesn’t even include items of non-prime accounts!) And UPS expects it ships around 750 million packages during the holiday season alone? Have you ever had a package stolen or seen someone swiping a box off someone’s porch?