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DETOURING PEOPLE FROM STEALING PACKAGES LEFT ON DOORSTEPS


DETOURING PEOPLE FROM STEALING PACKAGES LEFT ON DOORSTEPS

We shop online now more than ever and with Prime Day just ending we're sure a bunch of packages are on their way to homes and Associations everywhere. However, with the convenience of having packages delivered directly to your doorstep comes the unfortunate risk of package theft. In this blog post, we'll discuss some ways to deter people from stealing packages left on doorsteps.

1. Request Signature Confirmation

When ordering items online, you can often select the option to require a signature for delivery. This means that the delivery person cannot leave the package on your doorstep or in your mailbox without a signature from you or someone in your household. This eliminates the possibility of someone stealing your package without your knowledge.

2. Use a Package Locker or PO Box

Another option to avoid package theft is to use a secure package locker or PO box. Many apartment buildings have package lockers that require a code or key card for access, which ensures that packages are kept safe until you can retrieve them. Similarly, using a PO box will allow you to pick up your packages from a secure location, instead of having them delivered to your doorstep.

3. Install a Security Camera

A security camera is a great way to deter package thieves, as it gives them the impression that they're being watched. This can be particularly effective if you post a sign near your front door that states that the premises are under surveillance. A visible security camera may discourage potential thieves from attempting to steal your packages.

4. Opt for In-Store Pickup

Many retailers offer the option for in-store pickup, which allows you to pick up your package from their physical location instead of having it delivered to your doorstep. This not only reduces the risk of package theft but also offers the convenience of being able to pick up your package at a time that's most convenient for you.

5. Ask a Trustworthy Neighbor to Collect Your Package

If you have a neighbor whom you trust, consider asking them to collect your package for you if you won't be home when it's delivered. They can hold onto the package until you're able to retrieve it, therefore eliminating the possibility of it being stolen from your doorstep.

Conclusion

Package theft is an unfortunate reality of having items delivered directly to your doorstep, but there are several ways to deter potential thieves. By requesting signature confirmation, using secure package lockers or PO boxes, installing a security camera, opting for in-store pickup, or asking a trustworthy neighbor for assistance, you can reduce the risk of having your packages stolen. Be proactive about protecting your packages, and have peace of mind knowing that your deliveries are safe and secure.

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