How Can I Prevent Package Theft?

January 23rd, 2019

How Can I Prevent Package Theft?

40% of American internet users admit to internet shopping several times per month. No longer do we occasionally order from catalogues, and packages are commonplace on doorsteps all throughout the United States. Unfortunately, this also presents a unique problem becoming more prevalent each day. Package theft occurs all throughout the Chico, CA region, costing local families both a financial loss and an emotional one. When packages are stolen from doorsteps in the area, it causes families to feel less secure, taking an emotional toll on their well-being. 

Tips For Preventing Package Theft 

Online shopping isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and in fact, it’s only going to continue to grow in popularity. So how can you prevent package theft from occurring at your Chico, CA home? A few tips for package theft prevention include: 

  • Track all of your orders – Typically, when you buy something online, a retailer will provide you with a shipping notification once your order leaves their location. It’s a great idea to, each day, check this tracking to make sure you know where your package is and when you can expect it to arrive. Should your package be stolen, you’ll know the day it happens and you’ll be able to report the stolen package to your local post office. 
  • Require a signature – Many times, you’re able to request a signature for your packages, which means your package will not be released to you unless someone from your household signs for it. This avoids packages being left on porches where they can be taken by thieves. 
  • Install a security camera – Security cameras don’t just deter would-be package thieves, they also catch criminals in the act. If a package is stolen from your porch, you can review your security camera footage to get a clear picture of the culprit, when the theft occurred, and how the thief got away with your order. This footage can be turned over to the authorities and used to take a porch pirate off of your neighborhood streets. 
  • Make your security camera known – Usually, just the sight of an installed security camera will do a lot of good to keep package theft at bay, but your camera may not always be seen. Putting up signage in your yard and on your porch area telling trespassers that they’ll be caught on camera can stop them from stepping foot on your property altogether. It’s important to remember that those with ill intent do not wish to be caught in the act, and they know that’s just what a security camera will set out to do. 

A Safe And Secure Home 

By taking the right precautions, you can not only avoid package theft, but get your safe and secure home environment back. By carefully tracking packages, signing for deliveries, and most importantly installing a security camera system, you can feel generally safer in your own home and on your property. A few tips may be all you need to have the carefree online shopping experience you’ve always wanted. 

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

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