Schedule Package Deliveries, Avoid Theft

Schedule Package Deliveries, Avoid Theft
Posted on 11/01/2018

By Stan Rosenzweig

Theft of packages left at front doors is on the rise. This not only causes property loss and inconvenience but mental anguish when your phone says you've received a UPS delivery but there is nothing there when you get home. 

You can outsmart these crooks, first, by being a smart package scheduler. If you can't be home when the package is scheduled to arrive, have it delivered to your workplace, or to someone who you know will be home. If receiving via UPS or FedEx, give specific instructions as to when to deliver, like in the evening after work. 

Or, just avoid home delivery completely. You can buy from online sellers who are listed on Walmart's website and get free delivery to a Walmart store near you. If buying from Amazon, you can direct the delivery to a nearby Whole Foods.

For U.S. mail, upgrade your mailbox to a larger locking one to reduce postal theft, and request that large packages be held at the post office. Also, if you are out shopping, don't leave packages visible in your car. Hide them in your locked trunk.

No matter how you decide to route your deliveries, it's a good idea to install cameras, like those from Nest, Vivint and ADT, to record movement at your front door. If needed, you can use the footage to help police identify a thief or thieves.

Finally, if you see something, say something. If you observe someone taking a package from a neighbor's porch, call 911 to report it.

That's Neighborhood Watch in action.