Santa's Coming!! So are Porch Pirates...
Christmas is only days away and Santa’s elves have been very busy delivering holiday packages. Online shopping continues to increase in popularity thanks to its convenience, competitive pricing and shipping deals. Packages dot front porches throughout neighborhoods and are ripe for the picking by porch pirates. According to a 2017 survey conducted by InsuranceQuotes.com, 26 million Americans report having had a package stolen from their porch during the holiday’s alone – 71 million over the course of a year.
A similar study by YourLocalSecurity.com found some staggering statistics:
70% of Americans don’t see the importance of requiring a signature
73% believe their front porch is a safe place for package deliveries
74% of packages were stolen from the front porch during the day while homeowner’s away
The average priciest online purchase across an American’s lifetime is $520.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from the porch pirates and prevent sad faces this holiday?
1 - Track your packages
We live in the digital age and tracking packages is easy as clicking a link. The USPS, FedEx and UPS all have methods available to track from retailer to doorstep.
2 - Have your package delivered to your office
This is a tried and trusted method to keep packages safe, however some companies do not allow personal deliveries to the office. If this is the case, try changing the delivery date for when you will be home. FedEx & UPS will hold your package for pickup at one of their facilities or stores.
3 - Amazon Prime members can use Key Smart Lock Kit
This Amazon service allows you to remotely unlock your door so that the package can be delivered inside rather than leaving it outside.
What should you do if your package goes missing?
If you have confirmation – a text, an email, etc – saying your goods were delivered but you can’t find them, report it to the police. You can also follow up with the delivery service:
USPS – after you wait 7 business days, you can then file a Missing Mail Search Request. Not the greatest…
FedEx has an online form for missing packages
UPS prefers you to contact the sender to start a claim
Bottom Line – if at all possible, do not have packages delivered when no one is home to claim it. If you find you will be out of town when packages are to be delivered, Roost Home Watch can help. We offer package delivery receipt and keyholder service as part of our On-Demand Services. We’re there when you can’t be.
Adapted from CNN’s article How to keep porch pirates from stealing your packages this holiday season . Image source: Sharerefund.com