Did you know that over 30 million packages are delivered by UPS and FedEx every day? And when you add the packages delivered by Amazon and USPS, the number truly becomes astronomical.
Thanks to the popularity and convenience offered by online shopping, more packages are being delivered than ever and that number continues to rise as the years pass. Because of this, it’s never been more important to understand how to prevent package theft.
We’d all like to believe that our purchases are safe on our front porches but the truth is that porch piracy is all too common. To learn how to prevent packages from getting stolen, just keep reading.
Schedule Your Deliveries
How many times have you come home from work to find a package at your doorstep? To prevent package theft, it’s better to only have things delivered when you’re home to bring your items in immediately.
Thankfully, you can almost always either schedule deliveries with your chosen service or request notifications that will alert you when your package has arrived.
Choose an Alternate Location for Deliveries
If scheduling your delivery isn’t an option, one of the best package security tips we can give you is to choose an alternate delivery location. For example, if you’ll be at work at the scheduled time of delivery, you can request the package to be delivered to your office.
You can also request that your package is kept at a UPS or FedEx location until you’re able to pick it up. Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t pick up your package within a certain window of time, it will be returned to the sender.
Add Delivery Instructions
Certain delivery services will allow you to add delivery instructions to your order once you receive the shipping information. If this is an option, you can request that your package be left inside the garage or at a side door rather than on the front porch.
Oftentimes, avoiding package theft is as simple as keeping a package in a location not easily spotted by thieves.
Install a Camera or Smart Doorbell
Front door security is a bit of an investment, but one of the most effective ways of keeping both your packages and your home safe. A smart doorbell or home security camera with a motion detector is often enough to deter potential criminals.
There are also accessories that can enhance your home security even more. The ring chime, for example, amplifies your ring alerts and gives you an instant notification when someone is at your front door.
Learn How to Prevent Package Theft to Protect Your Belongings
Between ordering things online and receiving gifts from family and friends, many of us receive daily packages. And the last thing we expect is for the packages to vanish from the front porch, but this type of crime happens every day.
That said, if you know how to prevent package theft, you can ensure that this crime doesn’t happen to you. You can’t protect yourself and your family from everything, but by taking these steps, you’re far less likely to fall victim to porch piracy.
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