14 Easy Steps to Keep Your Packages Safe From Theft

14 Easy Steps to Keep Your Packages Safe From Theft

By: Doug Parisi, Director of Training, SafeDefend.com

With the holidays, come elevated package deliveries, and now more than ever- we’re seeing many fall victim to theft.

It’s quite a troubling invasion of privacy

considering such items are being stolen from doorsteps, but there are things you can do to safely assure protection of deliveries- and property.

  1. Require a signature – If you’re worried about sending a gift to someone, the easiest thing to do is require it to be delivered to a person at the house and require a signature. That way nothing will be delivered without a face-to-face receipt.
  2. Schedule the delivery – Scheduled deliveries apply to both sending gifts and receiving packages.  Make sure delivery times work best for both the transit and recipient.
  3. Ship to your work – Different company policieS allow employees to receive packages at work.
  4. Ship to an at-home neighbor – if you have a neighbor that works from home, you can ask them to receive the package for you. This is also a good option if you know you’ll be out of town.
  5. Deliver to Apartment Management office – Check with your housing manager to see if they will accept deliveries so packages are not left in hallways or corridors
  6. Turn on delivery alerts – Make sure you allow for notifications via phone or email that tells you when your package arrives. Retrieve the item or have a neighbor pick it up instead of letting it idle outside.
  7. Change delivery location – Most carriers will deliver to the front porch unless you indicate a back door or side area. You can leave instructions where you want it placed.
  8. Use your garage – If you have a coded garage door opener you can program in a temporary code and put this on the delivery instructions. Your package will be left inside.
  9. Remotely open doors – You can hook up a device through an app that will remotely unlock/open the front/garage door when the shipper arrives at your house. The app lets you know the door has been secured.
  10. Purchase a delivery locker – This is a lockbox you can put outside that has a code to open. You include the instructions and code when you order the product. This way, packages are left in the secured lockbox.
  11. Purchase a ‘Smile! You’re on Camera’ sign for your yard. While this isn’t a fool-proof method, it does rank up there with the ‘Beware of Dog!’ signs that will make a person think twice.
  12. Use your outer mailbox – While it could be an inconvenience having packages delivered to a 3rd party mailbox (such as a PO Box), it’s also a safe play for making sure they arrive free from theft.
  13. Monitor your home security system – Turn on cell phone notifications via your security devices- that way you know when there’s movement outside your home.
  14. Finally, don’t make it easy. Thieves are always looking for an opportunity to steal packages left in the open.


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