Follow these tips to keep your deliveries safe from theft this holiday season
The holiday season is in full swing, and that means it’s time for gift giving! That means opportunity abounds for the grinch scoping out your neighborhood and waiting for the delivery truck. Last year, an estimated 23 million Americans had packages stolen from their homes, and this number will only rise as online shopping gains popularity.
- Ask for a tracking number and try to be present for the delivery
Use tracking numbers to keep an eye on when deliveries may arrive. Keep in mind that especially during the holiday season, delivery times may be delayed or inaccurate.
- Try scheduling your FedEx or USPS delivery
See if FedEx and USPS will schedule deliveries to coincide with times when you know you’ll be home. If you don’t think you’ll be home, you can leave instructions with FedEx such as “leave packages on the porch.” Be careful with this, though. Burglars might dress as delivery people to get to your packages. You also don’t want to provide a delivery person you don’t know with access to your home.
- Request a signature at delivery
If you can’t be home to receive a shipment, request that a signature be taken at delivery. This will ensure your packages are delivered to a person instead of being left out in the open.
- Have packages delivered to a secure location
You can have deliveries held at UPS stores for pickup. If you’re shopping online at a store with a location near you, you can frequently get their items shipped to that store for you to pick up at your leisure. Amazon now has Amazon Lockers where items can be delivered, so see if there is one in your city. You can also get a P.O. Box for deliveries.
- Have outdoor lights to scare off package pirates
Make sure your house doesn’t look like an easy target. Install motion lights out front to draw attention to anyone snooping around after dark. Use stickers or signs to make it clear you have home security—this will lower your chances of being burglarized by 60 percent.
- Ask someone to pick up your packages and mail
If you’re travelling for the holidays, ask a neighbor, friend, or relative to pick up and hold your packages and mail until you return.