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Safeguard Your Packages from “Porch Pirates” with These Tips

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

‘Tis the season of giving. And apparently, it’s also the season of package theft. Incidences of stolen packages have risen with the increase of deliveries during the holiday season, and packages left on doorsteps become easy targets for criminals.

 Tips on preventing porch pirates from stealing your packages.

In New York City alone, the New York Times reported that up to 90,000 packages are stolen or lost daily. In other states, local police received numerous reports of theft as CCTVs and even alarms seem not to deter porch pirates.

As soon as the courier fulfills its delivery to your doorstep, the responsibility for the package is yours. In times like this, you need to resort to other creative means to protect your packages. Here are some tips from the police:

  • Opt to have your parcel delivered to your office or to a home of a relative or friend that you know will be home to receive the package.

  • Personally pick up your package at your local post office.

  • Request for signature confirmation upon delivery.

  • Ask your carrier to place the package in an area that’s out of plain sight.

  • Look into other services that ensure your package’s safe delivery, such as BoxLock. 

Are porch pirates prevalent in your area? Do you have other tips that we have missed? Let us know in the comments below.  
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