Package thieves are hard
at work during the holiday season. The pickings are ripe when you can drive
through a neighborhood, see packages sitting on front porches that won’t be
touched for hours. With online shopping being so prevalent, those packages will
contain some valuable commodities for them to be enticed by.
Here are some safety
tips for package delivery for the upcoming holiday season:
10 Holiday Package Delivery Safety
DELIVER TO YOUR OFFICE
If your place of work
allows it, have your packages delivered right to your office. You may not be
able to get weekend delivery if you’re not there, but it would be a convenient,
safe way to handle package delivery when you can’t be home to wait.
USE PICK UP POINTS
Different than a P.O.
Box, delivery services are setting up temporary delivery points for you to have
your packages delivered to. You can then pick up your packages on your way home
from work. Amazon
Locker and UPS’
Access Point Network provide
those areas in local grocery stores, convenience stores, storefronts and more.
USE A TEMPORARY PO BOX
Many delivery services
such as UPS or FedEx will not deliver to a traditional P.O. Box address, but
will deliver to a street address that just happens to be in a Postal Delivery
Service Office. Many of those offices will even call you when you have a
package arrives, and take a photo of it for you to see ahead of time. The UPS
Store has this service, as well as many privately owned companies. Check your
local listings to find one a location near you, then rent the P. O. Box through
the season. Be mindful of contract times and fees.
REQUEST A RE-ROUTE OR RE-DELIVERY
You can request that a
package be held at the delivery facility of your deliverer, rerouted to another
location, or delivered on another day.
UPS or FedEx once you have a tracking number from the company you’ve purchased
from, and have UPS or FedEx hold the package at their facility for pickup
FedEx’s Delivery Manager, and UPS My Choice, premium
memberships, which allows you more choices in re-delivery.
USE A NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE
Keeping your packages
safe during the day is hard if you’re working all the time, but you can find a
neighbor who may be willing to accept deliveries for you. Or, if you’re the
entrepreneurial type, start a service for a small fee for friends and family.
You can become your own Amazon Locker!
USE A WIRELESS HOME MONITORING SYSTEM
Use a wireless door
monitor, such as
that allows you to see your porch. You’ll know when packages are delivered, and
will be able to see visitors, even when not at home. It works through a
wi-fi-enabled camera at your door and an app on your phone. You can set off
alarms for snoopers, as well as ask questions to those approaching.
REQUEST A SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION
Requesting a signature
delivery is a little harder in this day of order and drop, but you may be able
to call the delivery service to request a required signature for a package
using the tracking number. This insures that the package isn’t just dumped.
Packages sent through USPS have the option for a small fee.
REQUEST A KNOCK
Our UPS delivery folks
are hit and miss with this quick convenience. It is helpful to hear that a
package has been delivered, even when you’re home, so that you can pick it up,
instead of it sitting outside. So request it in the notes on your order form,
call your delivery service with tracking number and put that request in, etc.
You are not going to be guaranteed a knock, but it is a note that will be on
the delivery for the carrier.
CREATE A DELIVERY CORNER
You may be able to hide
smaller package deliveries behind planters or decorations on your porch. This
is not a guarantee that a delivery person will actually put a package there,
but many try to make sure that packages are put in places that don’t draw
attention. There is also the
Package Guard, a
Wi-Fi-enabled device that alerts you, through an app, when a package has been
delivered to your house, and sets off a loud alarm if anyone unauthorized tries
to steal the package. You can program it, to allow a neighbor to pick it
up for you, but unauthorized ‘pick ups’ will be alarmed.
GIVE THEM A VIRTUAL KEY
a new program that puts a keypad lock on your door that is accessible to anyone
you give the code to. You get notifications on your phone app that a service
has used the lock. Amazon deliverers place your package just inside the door,
are recorded on video, and you receive notification. You can also use the
service to allow cleaners, dog walkers, etc., into your home with the same
service. It’s $250 to begin the service, Amazon installs for you, and it gives
you an option for safe package delivery if you have concerns about your
package, your neighborhood, and all other options have been exhausted.
I’ll be honest, this
last program is one that we wouldn’t use for our home, but I understand the
convenience factor for so many. It isn’t any different than having a cleaner or
dog walker coming to your home to provide service when you aren’t there, but at
least those folks have been vetted personally. I’m sure the service is bonded,
and regulations are in place that the deliverer cannot be in the home longer
than thirty seconds, it’s just not something I’d be comfortable with. I’d love
to hear your experience if you have used it, though.
Holiday Package Delivery
Safety Tips — keep those gifts from the heart safe from thieves during the
holiday season and anytime during the year! Don’t let Christmas holidays be
ruined by thieves, protect your deliveries!
alternatives for package delivery safety
a lock box for your front porch
a mailbox with secured access
a hold on mail and pick up at post office
your packages – it may not stop a thief, but it may get you your money back or
items replaced at no cost to you!