Online sales is an ever increasing business, especially during the holiday season. Unfortunately, the convenience of shopping online and having packages delivered to your home has created an opportunity for thieves. Here are some suggestions on how to protect your packages.
Enroll a friend
If you can't be home, have a trusted friend or family member pick up your package and hold onto it.
Track your packages
Most mail carriers allow you to track your packages via their website or mobile app. Once the package is delivered have a family member, friend, or neighbor remove the package from your porch and hold it for you.
Get packages at work
Have the package mailed to your workplace.
Keep your eyes peeled
Neighbors protect neighbors by watching for suspicious activity and notifying your local Sheriff’s Station.
If you’re purchasing merchandise online from a retail/department store, select store pick-up instead of having the items delivered.
Get packages delivered to a local mail facility/lockbox
UPS My Choice, FedEx Delivery Manager, and Amazon Lockbox allow you to re-route packages to a convenient mailing office or lockbox facility. These centers can serve as a mailroom receiving point. Some services are free, while others involve a one-time, monthly or annual fee. Some premium package control programs allow you to reschedule times or arrange a specific delivery window for your packages. For information and how to setup an account, access the company’s individual website.
Add signature confirmation
Require someone to sign for your package before the delivery person drops it off. It's not foolproof, but it increases the odds of a safe delivery.