Are you one of the millions that has decided to shop online this holiday season? If you are, I'm sure you already have heard the horror stories of packages being stolen right front your homes front door.
What a horrible thought. Someone you do not know coming on to your property, in broad daylight, with ill intentions. The Grinch is very much a realty. Except for one having a change of hearty at the end, the truth is, there are many Grinches out there that want to steal your families joy this season.
Here are some tips to try and keep your purchases from ending up in the hands of ungrateful theives.
Install Security Cameras
Security cameras do double duty when it comes to protecting your online purchases. Not only can they alert you to a delivery, but they can also record if someone gets away with a package. Across the country, security cameras are down package thieves. Look for cameras with motion detectors that can alert you to movement on the porch via your smartphone or other mobile device. Cameras that record and play back activity are also helpful in the event you do get a delivery swiped.
Have packages delivered to your job.
If you can have your packages delivered to your office, you have a better chance of getting them yourself or hopefully a trustworthy co-worker can sign for them.
Pick up in Person
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, then you’ll love the convenience and safety of Amazon Lockers. Amazon Lockers eliminate the need to have items delivered to your home, and they keep your packages secure until you’re available to pick them up. Lockers are currently available nationwide at more than 1,800 locations in over fifty cities.
Network with Neighbors
You may be able to have packages delivered to a neighbor who will be home. Or, you can ask a neighbor to grab a package off your porch if you’re alerted to a delivery via a security camera.
Get to Know Delivery People
It pays to be on friendly terms with the drivers who make deliveries in your neighborhood. They may be able to recommend alternative drop off locations around your home. Most delivery drivers have some discretion regarding deliveries, so if something seems off at your home, they can choose to leave you a notice about an attempted delivery instead of leaving your valuables at risk.
For more tips and advice visit: safewise.com