11/21/2017 Package Theft
There is nothing more frustrating than to find package stolen or lost from your front door or porch. Not to mention the tedious and lengthy process of reporting the theft and trying to replace your missing packages. IF this has happened to you, then you have joined the 23 million Americans who have had their packages stolen. However, here are some handy tips to help becoming a victim of package theft.
1. Ask for a tracking number.
Track your packages and try to be home at the time of delivery. When you are placing an order, try to schedule shipment for a day you expect to be home, if possible.
2. Require a signature on delivery.
This will ensure the package will not be left at your door without you there to sign and bring it safely inside.
3. Provide delivery instructions.
Leave a note specifying what less conspicuous spot you would like it left. Some delivery services offer delivery management services that let you leave delivery instructions on where you want your packages to be dropped off.
4. Have your packages delivered somewhere else.
If you know you will not be home when your package will be delivered, have it delivered to a neighbor who is home or to your workplace, if allowed.
5. Use Online Pick Up Services or Smart Package Lockers.
Some retailers will let you place online orders and then pick up your items in the store. You can also look into the Amazon Locker service, which delivers Amazon orders to a locker in your area.
6. Mail Holding Service.
Mail Holding Service securely holds letters and packages at your local post office until you are back in town. Many delivery companies such as USPS and FedEx offer a free service to uphold your package at their terminals or delivery centers for a period of time.
7. Insure Your Upcoming Packages.
Insuring your packages will guarantee you reimbursement if unfortunately your delivery was stolen or lost before you lay your hand on it.
8. Install a Smart Security Camera at Your Front Door.
Having a smart video surveillance camera pointing at the front door, hallway or driveway. A security camera will serve as a deterrent for criminals and provide evidence to aid in the arrest and prosecution of thieves.