How To Protect Your Front Door Deliveries From Thieves

August 26th, 2022

Over one-third of CA residents have been victims of package theft. With the holiday season, these thefts are expected to increase. So now is the time to think about protecting your packages from criminals. Here are some things you can do to make sure you get your deliveries every time. 

Five Basic Steps To Prevent Package Theft 

With the high volume of package theft in CA, there are several options you can take advantage of to make sure that you receive your package: 

Schedule Your Delivery

When you purchase your item online, see if you cannot have it delivered during a time when someone will be home to accept it. That way they can meet the delivery driver before a thief grabs it. This is the most effective strategy but sadly doesn’t work with most people’s schedules. 

Ask A Neighbor

Have a neighbor you know and trust who could pick up your package? Ask them if they’ll be home when your package is expected. Then, they can grab it when it’s delivered, so a thief can’t. 

Have Your Package Delivered To Your Workplace

If your employer will allow it, have your packages shipped to your office address. This doesn’t work for every delivery, such as weekend deliveries. However, it can help prevent at least some package theft. 

Use A Video Doorbell

A video doorbell is a system that is designed to record your front porch. With a video doorbell, when the package is delivered you can instruct the delivery person where to place the package. It will also deter any porch pirates when you can videotape them stealing your package.  

Install a Security Camera 

With technology constantly improving, there are so many options when it comes to installing a video security camera. One of the best ways to deter porch pirates is to install a motion sensor security camera with HD resolution and a built-in siren.  

Thinking Outside The Porch 

There are many other alternatives to having your packages delivered to your front door. They include: 

  • Smart Locker: Your package goes to a locker and you are sent a text with a code to put in when you pick it up. 
  • Lockbox: A reinforced container that the delivery person and the recipient both have the code to open.  
  • Package Guard: Size of a frisbee, sits on your port and notifies you when your package comes. If anyone other than you removes the package it triggers a loud siren. 
  • Doorman: A service that handles your deliveries and brings them to you on your schedule for a monthly fee. 

The problem with these is that you have to pay for the service and do you really want to go take side trips on your way home from work? 

The best solution to preventing package theft is to use a home security system. With a home security system that includes features to deter package theft, you won’t have to take any extra steps to keep your holiday deliveries safe. Speak to a home security system specialist today to learn which features will be right for you. 

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
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