Keep Your Holiday Packages From Being Stolen

Thursday, October 25 at 09:05 AM
Category: Business Banking

With more people shopping online for the holidays and carriers leaving deliveries by front doors, package theft is a serious problem.

Nearly 20 percent of homeowners surveyed this fall by the California-based home-security company Ring reported having a package stolen last year, with an average loss of $140. And as you might expect, the most likely time for theft to occur is during the holiday season, the survey found.

Here are six simple steps you can take to protect your holiday package deliveries from so-called porch pirates.

  1. Use security cameras. You can install them inside and outside your home, allowing you to watch your property from anywhere and record any activity. And if the cameras are visible, they might deter thieves from stealing your deliveries in the first place.
  2. Give instructions to the package delivery service. Some services let you indicate where to leave your package if you’re not home. You can instruct drivers to leave a package at a back door, with a building superintendent, or with neighbors.
  3. Have deliveries diverted to another address—maybe your workplace—or placed on hold if you’re on vacation.
  4. Free pickup. Another option is to have items sent to a retailer’s walk-in store for pickup, which may help you save on shipping fees.
  5. Sign up for alerts. Some carriers offer text or email alerts so that you know when a delivery will be made. If you aren’t home, you might be able to get back in time so that your package isn’t left outside for too long.
  6. Require a signature for delivery. Also, ask retailers to require a signature to make a delivery so that packages aren’t simply dropped off outside a house. 

 

Source: Consumer Reports*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

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