6 Tips to Protect Your Packages and Prevent Holiday Theft

by | Dec 1, 2023 | Featured Post, Home Security, Safety Tips

Holiday Package Delivery

Here’s some upsetting news. 17% of Americans have had a package stolen in the past three months. Hopefully, you weren’t one of them. With holiday shopping hitting full swing, you can expect even more Americans to be victimized by one of the most annoying and harmful types of petty theft. In this post, we’ll break down practical solutions to safeguard your parcels from being stolen. After all, the holiday season should be filled with joy and cheer, not worry over whether your packages will safely reach their destination. 

The Impact of Package Theft 

According to a 2020 report by C+R Research, the average value of stolen packages is around $136, with 55% of victims reporting that they had a parcel stolen during the holiday season.  

Package theft is more than just a minor inconvenience; it can profoundly affect individuals and businesses. For consumers, the loss of a package can mean disappointment caused by not receiving an eagerly awaited item, the hassle of re-ordering, and even the financial burden of repurchasing stolen goods. The impact can be even more devastating for businesses, especially small ones. 

When packages are stolen, businesses often bear the brunt of the losses. They may need to replace the stolen items, refund customers, or incur additional shipping costs. This can lead to significant financial strain, especially for small businesses that operate on thin margins. Package theft can also damage their reputation and trust, leading to potential loss of customers in the long run. 

In the next section, we will provide some practical tips to help protect your packages and prevent holiday theft, ensuring that your holiday season remains a time of joy and celebration. 

 

6 Ways to Protect Against Porch Pirates 

  1. Install a Security Camera 
  2. Use Package Tracking 
  3. Require a Signature for Delivery 
  4. Invest in Package Insurance 
  5. Use a Lockbox or Parcel Drop Box 
  6. Have Packages Delivered to Your Work or a Neighbor’s House 

 

Tip #1 Install A Security Camera 

A well-placed security camera is one of the most effective deterrents for would-be package thieves. The mere presence of a camera can make potential criminals think twice before attempting to steal your packages. Not only do these cameras provide a visual deterrent, but they also record evidence that can be helpful in case a theft does occur. 

Security cameras have come a long way in recent years. In fact, CPI’s Video Doorbell Pro, even has Perimeter Alert, a flashing light and audio tones, that is used to deter porch pirates from knabbing packages at all. In addition, video doorbells offer high-definition video, night vision, and even smart capabilities like Perimeter Alert and package delivery and retrieval alerts sent to your smartphone. Remember, the best security camera for you will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. Consider factors like the size of your porch, the local weather conditions, and how much you’re willing to spend. With the right security camera, you can rest easy knowing your packages are under a watchful eye. 

Video doorbell cameras are particularly effective in helping to dissuade would-be porch pirates. If you’re ready to enhance your hone’s security, it’s time to make a CPI Video Doorbell Pro part of your home security suite.  The CPI Video Doorbell Pro comes with a host of top-line features, including: 

  • Professional Monitoring 
  • An Expanded 150° Field of View 
  • Two-Way Audio 
  • IVAN℠ (Intelligent Video Activity Notifications) technology that distinguishes between people, vehicles, and animals 
  • Perimeter Alert 
  • Package Detection and Retrieval Alerts 
  • Seamless CPI Smart Home Integration 

 

Tip #2: Use Package Tracking 

Most carriers, including USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL, offer package tracking services. These services typically allow you to see your package’s estimated delivery date and time and its current location. Some carriers even provide real-time updates, letting you know when your package is delivered. 

You can know exactly when it arrives at your doorstep by keeping a keen eye on your package’s journey. This way, you can retrieve your package as soon as possible, minimizing the window of opportunity for would-be thieves. 

To use these tracking services, you will usually need a tracking number. This number is often provided in your confirmation email when you purchase. Enter this number into the carrier’s tracking website or app to monitor your package’s progress. 

Don’t feel you need to be glued to your computer to keep tabs on your package. Many carriers now offer advanced features such as text or email notifications for each stage of the delivery process. Some even allow you to reschedule or reroute a delivery if you realize you will be away when the package is due to arrive. 

 

Tip #3: Require a Signature for Delivery 

Requiring a signature for delivery is another effective tactic to prevent package theft. This service ensures that your package will be secured at your doorstep, as it requires a person to receive and sign for the parcel physically. 

 

Requiring a signature for delivery may be annoying, but it provides many benefits. First and foremost, it adds an extra layer of security to your delivery process. You know that your package won’t be left on the porch. Plus, if you’re not home at delivery, most carriers will attempt to redeliver the package later or leave a notice allowing you to pick it up from a secure location. 

 

Remember, while requiring a signature for delivery can significantly reduce the risk of package theft, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Combined with other strategies like package tracking, investing in a home security solution, such as CPI’s Video Doorbell Pro, can help ensure your packages reach you safely. 

 

Tip #4: Invest in Package Insurance 

Package insurance is another layer of protection you can add to safeguard your deliveries and can typically be purchased for a small fee. This service provides financial compensation if your package is lost, damaged, or stolen. Be sure to select enough coverage to account for the worth of the goods being shipped.  

 

Tip #5: Use a Lockbox or Parcel Drop Box 

A lockbox, also known as a parcel drop box, is another potential tool in your arsenal against package theft. These sturdy, secure containers provide a safe place for delivery personnel to leave your packages, protecting them from the elements and potential thieves. When a delivery arrives, the courier locks the package inside the box. Your package stays safe and secure until you’re ready to retrieve it with a key or security code. 

 

A variety of lockboxes are available on the market, each with its own set of features. Some are freestanding, while others can be mounted to a wall or post. Many offer weatherproof construction to protect your packages from rain, snow, and other elements. Some even feature smart technology, allowing you to unlock the box remotely using a smartphone app. 

 

Tip #6: Have Packages Delivered to Your Work or a Neighbor’s House 

Having your packages delivered somewhere other than home can be an option if you are away from home during delivery hours. One common alternative is having your packages delivered to your workplace. Just check with your employer beforehand to ensure this practice is allowed. 

Another option is to deliver your packages to a trusted neighbor’s house (but only if you know they’ll be home). You may need to inform your delivery service that your neighbor is approved to receive the package if they need to sign or otherwise acknowledge receipt.  

Package theft can be a significant concern, but by implementing the strategies we’ve discussed – from requiring a signature upon delivery and using a lockbox to arranging alternative delivery locations, investing in package insurance, and leveraging home security solutions – you can significantly reduce the risk. 

Remember, these steps are not just about protecting your purchases; they’re about ensuring your joy and excitement for the holiday season remains undiminished. So, put these tips into action!  

 

Don’t let package thieves ruin your holiday season. Take control of your home’s security with CPI’s Video Doorbell Camera Pro. With cutting-edge features like 1080p HD video quality, night vision, and artificial intelligence that alerts you to activity at your front door, you can ensure your packages – and your peace of mind – are well protected. 

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