Whether you’re holiday shopping or expecting an exciting package, there’s nothing more frustrating than having your package stolen from your front porch. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Almost 26 million Americans have had packages stolen and that number is increasing.
Ready to Stop Porch Pirates in Their Tracks?
Here are tips on how to prevent package theft and keep your porch, pirate free!
Require Delivery Signatures
Did you know you can request a delivery signature? Most shipping companies offer this service, and it often comes standard on more expensive purchases. This is an easy way to verify that packages are handed off directly to someone in your home without hanging out on your front porch to tempt those porch pirates. The only downside is that this can require you to be home to sign for packages. After several failed delivery attempts, you may have to go pick up the package at a distribution center or the shipping company may send it back to the seller.
Invest in a Video Doorbell
Want to see who is at your front door? Talk to a delivery person? You can do all that from your phone with the ADT video doorbell. One of the most effective ways to deter porch pirates is having a video doorbell. You can get motion notifications and talk to whomever is at your door and let them know they aren’t alone. The ADT video doorbell works on any home, whether you have a doorbell or not! Even at night, you’ll have a clear picture of who is at your door with our wide angle lens and infrared LED night-vision mode.
Ship to a Secure Locker Location - Or Create Your Own!
Many online retailers have options for secure shipping to lockers in your area, but did you know you can create your own locker? Simply install a locked wooden bin or other enclosure where packages can be left on your front porch. Just remember to include the code for your lock when you are checking out online!
If you're an avid online shopper—during the holiday season or just in general—the threat of porch piracy is all too real. But with these tips, you can help keep deliveries safer and have peace of mind knowing your front porch is pirate-free.