33% of surveyed Canadians have had a package stolen, according to recent figures from FedEx – and those numbers have been rising every year.
In the United States, the rates of package theft are even higher, with more than 210 million packages stolen in 2021.
This trend isn’t going away anytime soon. As online shopping continues to rise each year, a growing number of “porch pirates” are stealing packages right from shoppers’ front steps.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim. In this post, we outline 5 effective ways to reduce the risk of your packages being stolen from your doorstep.
1) Schedule delivery when you’re home.
We get it: this tip is very difficult for those who are not at home during the day. But if you have any control over when your package is delivered, take advantage of it. If possible, schedule delivery for the evening, the weekend or whenever you know you’ll be home to accept it.
2) Instruct deliveries to leave packages in discreet locations.
By a back door … inside a carport … behind a bench …anywhere that ensures your packages are out of sight.
Package thieves typically drive through neighborhoods looking for homes with packages sitting out in clear sight. These crooks scan doorsteps very quickly, stopping only when a package is clearly visible and easily accessible.
By instructing delivery companies to hide your package however possible, this greatly reduces the chances of it being stolen. Many online retailers, including Amazon, are increasingly allowing customers to add delivery instructions with their orders, so be sure to take the time to do this.
3) Install security cameras and/video doorbells.
Porch pirates don’t want to be caught. So if there’s any chance of being caught on camera, then these thieves will usually move on to another home.
The Durham Regional Police Service recommends that homeowners “install clearly visible security cameras or video doorbells, clearly pointed at [the] drop-off location.”
The key phrase here is “clearly visible.” The thieves must be able to see the cameras for deterrence to be effective.
4) Implement a home security system (with yard/window signs).
A home security system is another powerful deterrent that can steer away porch pirates (and burglars). But, like the cameras, the key is to make it obvious that the security system is in place.
As Durham Regional Police Service advises, “Hang signs in your window or yard about your security system.”
Most reputable security companies will provide these signs or window decals when they install the system. Be sure to put them on display!
5) Going away? Reschedule or direct packages.
Don’t let packages sit at your doorstep. If you do, you can say goodbye to your packages. But that’s not the only concern. Unattended packages are also a sign to burglars that nobody is home. So it’s not just the package you could lose. Your home could be burglarized, too!
If you’re going away or otherwise unable to retrieve your package on the day it’s delivered, have the delivery rescheduled or redirected to another address. Alternatively, ask a relative or neighbor to retrieve your packages while you’re gone.
For more information on how to protect your home from theft, burglary and other threats, contact PROTECTION PLUS for a no-obligation security system consultation today.
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