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How to prevent Package Theft this Holiday season.

By steadfast
In December 18, 2019

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An estimated 36% of Americans have experienced package theft outside their homes at least once. “Porch pirates” are unfortunately more common than ever, taking advantage of the fact that online shopping is at an all-time high.

Having your packages stolen is now a reliable part of the modern holiday season. Package theft spikes in November and December, which is not surprising when you think about the rise of online shopping for holiday gifts.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service expects to ship more than 800 million parcels and one of these could be yours. Take these extra precautions to help protect your merchandise this holiday season.

1. Request that your package has signature confirmation upon delivery.

As part of the online checkout process, you may have the option to require that the package can only be delivered with a signature. If you are able to be home during the delivery, this requirement adds a layer of security because it prevents your package from sitting unattended on your doorstep for any length of time.

2. Ask your carrier to place package in an area out of plain view.

Providing delivery instructions is one free way to prevent package theft. In the checkout process for online orders, you can add specific delivery instructions for delivery professionals to follow. If you have a column, a bench, or something large that packages can be delivered behind, out of site from porch pirates, you can improve your chances that someone won’t be tempted to run off with your package.

3. Outdoor security cameras.

For maximum theft deterrence, make sure your outdoor security cameras are highly visible and clearly pointed at the package drop-off area.

4. Package lockboxes.

Companies are now building secure lockboxes that allow varies mail carriers to deliver your packages in a concealed and secured container. This measure has a significant effect on reducing theft as packages are not visible once delivered and secured in a weatherproof, locked container. Many of these containers can be secured to your property and lock after delivery. These can be installed near or in conjunction with your mailbox. While even a non-locking parcel box prevents theft by concealing your deliveries from the street, choose a lockable container for maximum security.

5. Pick an alternate delivery location

One of the best ways to stop package theft in the first place, is to have your package delivered to your work  or friends’ houses that you know will be home, leaving no opportunities for the porch pirates.

6.Have your packages delivered elsewhere.

Have your package held at your local post office for pickup, an Amazon delivery site, or FedEx/UPS location. It’s well worth the minor inconvenience to ensure your packages are safe.

7. Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option that many stores offer.

Practically every retailer with physical stores will let you to pick up purchases in your local store rather than have it delivered to you. This can be a really convenient option, particularly for big retailers. As a bonus, there’s usually no delivery fee for in-store pickup.

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