Tips On Protecting Packages From Theft
With online shopping becoming increasingly more popular among many consumers, homeowners may feel compelled to put some added effort into keeping packages delivered to their home safe from thieves.
Packages left on your doorstep are temporarily vulnerable to theft unless you take some security precautions. Consider the following suggestions:
- Pay attention to tracking numbers- If a package seems to be missing and you have the tracking number, you can usually verify whether or not it was delivered to your home. If it appears that it was delivered and stolen, you might be able to be reimbursed or sent another item by the retailer.
- Insist on a signature with delivery- If you can arrange to be home when your package is delivered, it's a good idea to insist on a signature with delivery. This will verify that you are the one who receives the package and that your package is not being left unattended outside your home.
- Get a surveillance camera- If you've had problems with stolen packages in the past, it might be worth investing in a surveillance camera. A visible surveillance camera is often enough to deter theft. If your surveillance camera is hidden, you may be able to catch a thief after the act.
- Arrange for packages to be left in an office area- Those who live in an apartment community or housing development may be able to have packages left in an office. If you make such an arrangement, your packages will be watched over and protected by an office attendant while you are out.
- Arrange for the post office to hold packages- If you can't be home when your packages are delivered, consider having them held at the post office. While this might mean that you'll have to make an occasional trip to the post office, it will minimize chances of theft.
- Have a neighbor keep an eye on things- If you've got a neighbor living nearby with whom you have a close relationship, you could request that he or she keep an eye out. Neighbors who tend to spend the day at home may be happy to help out, especially if you have a return favor you can offer.
- Have packages insured- Another way to protect your packages after they are delivered is to have them insured. Many shipping companies will offer insurance that will reimburse you in the case of theft. You can have both packages delivered to your home and packages you send out to recipients insured to protect all of your packages from theft.
Companies like American Wireless Alarm Inc may help you with choosing and installing a surveillance camera and other security features.
5 April 2015