Those !#!*# Porch Pirates – tis the season.

Dated: 12/12/2018

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How to prevent those Porch pirates from stealing your packages this holiday season.

 

Millions of Americans have packages stolen from their front porch or doorstep every year.  Few things match the ease and excitement of receiving a package at your front door until a stranger steals it from your porch.

 

Online buying and package delivery is becoming the norm for retail shopping.   A 2017 study by insuranceQuotes found that 25.9 MILLION Americans have had a holiday package stolen from their front porch or doorstep.

Here are some proactive ideas to help protect those treasures:

Provide some porch coverage.  If the item cannot be seen from the street, pirates are less likely to strike.

Get a Camera.  Security cameras and video doorbells are getting pretty images of people who come onto your doorstep.

Have packages delivered to your office.   Be sure to check with your business that this is okay.

Let deliveries in.  Some delivery services like Amazon Key have special offerings that make it, so the courier can alert the service they are ready to drop off your package which will briefly unlock your door, so the package can be left inside.

Pick it up at a facility.   Have your package held at a facility office so you can go in and pick it up in person.   Especially a good idea if it requires a signature.

Pick it up at the retail store or a locker location.  Many retailers offer free shipping to a nearby store.

 

Have a great holiday and may your packages arrive safely.

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LaDawn Westbrook

With more than a decade of experience, LaDawn enjoys educating first time home buyers, working with the 55+ community, relocation clients, sellers who want to downsize, step up purchase or anything in....

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