Did you know that over 6 billion home delivery packages were stolen in 2020! It is an unfortunate fact that packages left on a front porch are very easy targets for thieves. However, there are helpful tips to keep your home deliveries protected.
Consider the following solutions!
- Require a Signature
Like FedEx and UPS, most large delivery companies, provide optional signature requirements to give shoppers some peace of mind. Consider requesting a signature for your package to be delivered. This way, your package won’t be left on your porch exposed to potential thieves.
- Ship to Work
Avoid having your package on the porch in the first place. If your company allows, consider shipping your packages to your office instead of your home.
- Secure a Neighbor’s Help
Do you have a neighbor that is home regularly? If so, see if they would be willing to bring in your packages once they are delivered.
- Get A P.O. Box
If you are not home during the day, P.O. Boxes are a safe place to send packages. You can get one at your neighborhood post office. It’s easy to get one, and you can have peace of mind knowing professionals will safely hold your packages.
- Choose Alternative Delivery Options and Alerts
FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service and UPS all have alternative pickup and delivery options available. For example, you can have your package sent to a specific Amazon locker station and pick it up at your convenience. Visit their websites to explore your options and update your delivery preferences. You can also sign up for delivery alerts to track your package and stay up-to-date on delivery times.
- Keep Your Porch Clear and Visible
It may seem counter-intuitive, but if a thief has no place to hide, they’re less likely to take the risk of going up to your porch in the first place.
- Rely on a Security System
Utilizing a home security system is the best way to deter porch pirates and ensure you get promptly notified of suspicious activity outside your door through an alert app on your smartphone.
A video doorbell camera will help you keep a watchful eye on all of your deliverables from wherever you are. You can also utilize smart locks to unlock your door remotely when you have trusted individuals dropping off your packages inside.
To learn more about how you can protect package deliveries from thieves with smart home solutions contact our Johns Brothers Team today!