How to Stop People from Stealing Your Packages

A strange masked man stealing parcels in an unsuspecting house.
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Is your house targeted by porch pirates? Maybe it's time to fight. Fortunately, you can protect your parcels in a few simple steps, from the proper delivery instructions to the home delivery options.

Use delivery instructions

Delivery instructions can go a long way. If your packages are stolen because they are left on your lawn or in your driveway, clarifying the fact that packages must be delivered to the front door could solve your problem. You can even ask parcels to stay in another place, for example at a back door. You can also demand that parcels be signed as soon as they are delivered so that parcels are never left outside.

You can also use services such as Amazon Day schedule deliveries on certain days, such as days off work. Of course, the Amazon Day feature is only useful if you order through Amazon. If your package is delivered by the UPS, FedEx, or the USPSyou can plan deliveries through their package tracking menus. Just click on the tracking number in your shipping confirmation email and choose the day you want your package delivered.

Install a security camera

Security cameras have come a long way. With the advent of cloud storage and high-speed Internet, it's easy to access live recordings or recordings from your camera from your phone. In addition, popular smart security cameras like the Arlo Pro or the Video ringtone surprisingly affordable, so you do not need to break your piggy bank to keep your parcels safe.

A stack of Amazon boxes on a porch.
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Smart security cameras are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, but in the end they work better when they deter or completely stop packet thieves. The video evidence of a crime is excellent, but would not you like to receive your mail? Try to make the existence of your security camera as obvious as possible. You could even use a cheap one, fake security camera scare the thieves.

Deliver parcels to your job or to a friend's house

One of the easiest ways to secure your parcels is to have them delivered to your job. Just make sure your full name and phone number appear on the shipping label and try to add additional information such as office numbers or departments. And do not forget that some companies are not good at mail delivery. Try to have a small package delivered to your job before compromising an expensive purchase.

You can also have a parcel delivered to a friend. Choose a friend with a short driveway or a history of successful deliveries, or ask around to find out if any of your friends owns a post office box that they will share.

Collect your package in a locker or delivery center

You do not have to pay for a PO Box to get secure remote deliveries. You can have your Amazon packages delivered directly to a Amazon Locker free of charge upon payment, provided you are a Prime customer. Once your package is received, you will receive a temporary PIN code for quick access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These lockers are spread all over the country and there is probably a near you.

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Of course, you can only use Amazon Locker for Amazon packages. Instead, you can ask the USPS, UPS, or FedEx keep your package in a delivery center for up to five days. Click on the tracking number in your delivery confirmation email, then choose the option "Keep my package" (this option will sometimes be buried in the "Change my place of delivery" menu).

Use Amazon Key for home or car deliveries

Amazon key It's a strange idea, but it's a simple way to make sure none of your packages will be lost. At its most basic level, Amazon Key is just software that combines a smart lock with a smart security camera. It allows you to quickly lock and unlock your door with the help of a key code, Alexa voice commands or scheduled routines. Whenever the door is unlocked, Amazon Key sends you notifications and records a short video.

If you do not know it yet, you can give delivery people temporary access to your home via the Amazon Key system. Your parcels are found inside your home, even if you are at work. It may sound suspicious, but Amazon Key records every delivery and Amazon employees do not really have a reason to snoop around when they know they're being monitored.

For more peace of mind, you can use Amazon Key exclusively for your garage or car. Thus, no one goes directly to your living room to drop parcels.

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