Last year, 21 million Americans had packages stolen from their front porches – a lot of them around the holidays. So what can be done to thwart porch pirates?
“Every holiday season the U.S. Postal Service delivers billions of holiday mail and packages, but the unfortunate reality is that many of those packages wind up being stolen right off the rightful recipients’ doorsteps,” says Brigid Hower, spokesperson for the home security system Ring.com. “With online purchase delivers steadily on the rise and holiday travel fast approaching, the number of package thefts is only expected to increase.”
The Ring security system has been somewhat effective, but you must monitor it yourself.
If you can’t afford a security system such as that one (or those below), you can have packages delivered to your workplace, if it’s allowed, or to a neighbor who is home most of the time – perhaps retiree who would love some homemade cookies as a reward for their efforts.
Of course, some stores, such as WalMart or Target, will let you have your package delivered to their store, where it is kept securely till you pick it up.
One company, InsuranceQuotes.com offers some tips:
- Use a service such as Amazon Key.
- Rent a P.O. Box at your post office or get a secure locker service – there are several commercial ones.
- Install a secure locked box at your residence with BoxLock.
- Install a Landport at your home.
Unless you get a lot of packages year round, it may not be economically feasible to do some of these, but check out your options and consider your personal needs. You should find something that works for you – and sinks those porch pirates’ best-laid plans.