Christmas shopping involves many things. Finding the perfect gift for loved ones takes both time and effort. What happens when you have an influx of packages going to your home? You intend to wrap them with care, but someone else may have different thoughts. Don’t let porch pirates spoil your gift-giving plans for the holidays.
How to keep porch pirates from stealing your packages
There are several steps you can take to stop porch pirates from swiping your deliveries. Additionally, package delivery companies are working hard to add security to their processes. Let’s look at some tips that you can use in the meantime.
Consider a package guard
Yes, this is a thing. Functioning similarly to a circular scale, this device activates a loud siren when a package is removed from it. It is wifi enabled, so you will get a phone notification as well. All you need to do is instruct your deliverer to place the package on the guard during the drop-off. Your items will be safe, waiting for you to come home.This video shows exactly how.
Require a signature
Tried and true, requiring a signature is an easy way to prevent porch pirates. Without a signature, the delivery service will not leave your package unattended. For this option, you will either have to be present, or willing to go to a pick-up location. Either way, you can be assured that the package remains in safe hands.
Use an Amazon Hub Locker
If you know you won’t be home to take delivery, another great option is using an Amazon Hub Locker. This is available to customers ordering from Amazon, and it’s free. There are some size and item restrictions, however, the overall function is easy.
Track your packages closely
We all know the holidays tend to get hectic. Still, we should do our best to track incoming packages. This way, you will know what should be on your doorstep, and when. Most people keep a running list, or they do not archive order emails until they receive their item. Track your packages closely and do not let your orders sit for numerous days outside.
What to do if your delivery is missing
1. Verify it was delivered, refer to your email or notifications.
2. Check the front of your home thoroughly.
3. Ask family members or roommates if they saw any deliveries.
4. Contact the delivery service and report the loss.
Deter the porch pirate epidemic
Surprisingly, one out of five Americans has either experienced package theft or knows someone who was a victim. Using the tips above, we can have a more secure delivery season. Stop porch pirates in their tracks and hold on to your holiday peace of mind.