Three Ways To Combat Porch Pirates And Keep Your Packages Safe
September 27th, 2019
Online shopping has exploded in recent years. The variety, price, and convenience has everyone checking online before running out to the store. As a result, there are a lot of packages being sent every day. These packages sometimes contain valuables like electronics, medicine, and jewelry. Criminals know this so they have started robbing packages right off of front porches. Package theft has become so frequent in Chico, these criminals are now called “porch pirates.” Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure that porch pirates don’t steal your online purchases. Here are three that work:
1. Always Require A Signature
When you order online, you’ll be given a list of shipping options. One of the most effective at combating porch pirates is requiring a signature upon delivery. That means that when the delivery person brings the package to your home, they will have to deliver it to you. They won’t just be able to leave the package on the porch for anyone to grab. This method is one of the best, but it requires you to be at home when the package would be delivered. This doesn’t always work with people’s work schedules.
2. Deliver Your Package To Your Work
If you work during the day, a better option than a signature is to have the package delivered directly to your work. That way it comes straight to you rather than being dropped off on your porch unguarded. Many employers will let you have packages delivered to the office, so ask your company what their policy is on personal package delivery. Though this is a great solution, it may not be the best for you. Some companies don’t allow package delivery, so this may not even be an option for you. Also, there are certain things you simply do not want delivered to your work like prescriptions or personal hygiene items.
3. Get A Doorbell Camera
A doorbell camera is a great option for helping combat porch pirates. A doorbell camera is installed on your porch. It uses motion detectors to turn the surveillance cameras on anytime someone comes to your front door. Doorbell cameras easily integrate with your smartphone and will notify you whenever anyone is at your house. That way you’ll be notified the moment a package arrives, so you can retrieve it before a criminal. If a criminal beats you to the package, you are still covered because you’ll have footage of the theft. With that footage the police may be able to identify and arrest the criminal and hopefully you’ll get your package back. The best part about it is, that doorbell cameras are extremely affordable and easy to have installed.
Porch pirates are really a problem in Chico, but you have options to keep your packages safe. If you think you will benefit from a doorbell camera, give the professionals at Crime Free Living a call. We’ll design and install the perfect doorbell camera system for your front porch that way you can keep your packages safe.