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How to prevent package theft

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Online ordering should make life less stressful. After all, it’s easy and fast, and you barely have to think about it. Who doesn’t want to skip a time-consuming trip to the store? But the worries start once you click that “buy” button. Your package is on your front doorstep, exposed to the world. With the ever-increasing surge in online shopping, the number of stolen packages has skyrocketed. According to Delivery Safe, “43% of Americans had a package stolen in 2020, up from 7% the previous year.” There’s even a name for thieves who snatch up e-commerce packages: “porch pirates.”

While this spike in package theft is unsettling, there are steps you can take to help prevent packages from getting stolen off your porch.

Tips for package theft prevention

1. Install a video doorbell

Installing a smart home video doorbell is a great way to monitor activity outside your home. You might aim the camera towards the front steps where packages are likely to be left. Most video doorbells have a built-in motion sensor that notifies you of activity in the camera’s view. Your video doorbell may also have recording capabilities, which will allow you to capture an image of the porch pirate to share with local authorities.

2. Use a more secure delivery method

You can use delivery alternatives if you’re concerned about package theft. One great option is to have your packages delivered to your office or place of employment (make sure to ask your employer first). You can also choose to have packages delivered to a post office box, UPS store, or Amazon locker.

Many retailers allow you to create specific delivery instructions when placing your order. You can ask the delivery person to drop the package off at the back door, where it’s less visible. You can also ask them to ring the doorbell so you can accept it on the spot.

3. Use motion-activated lights

Motion-activated lights can be incredibly effective at preventing package theft. By installing them in the front of your home, you can surprise anyone approaching your doorstep, discouraging them from stealing your stuff. Couple this with a video doorbell, and you have a solid set of deterrents. Learn about how to add home security lighting.

4.Add a home security system

A home security system ensures your home is safe from intruders (not to mention fire, carbon monoxide, flooding, and freezing temperatures). It may also prevent package theft. Stickers and yard signs from a home security provider indicate to a burglar that your home poses an increased risk.

What to do if a package is stolen

Worrying about package theft doesn’t have to be the price you pay for modern convenience. With these tips, you can learn how to prevent packages from getting stolen. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing your package will be waiting for you when you get home. Learn more about how home insurance protects you from theft and how installing a home security system may help you get a homeowners insurance discount.

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