Most people know the feeling of eagerly awaiting for a package that you have purchased online. Unfortunately, even if the package reaches your home, there’s a possibility it will not reach you.
Package thieves or so-called porch pirates might be the ones to blame for the gone parcels.
Often, they strike during day time when homeowners are not home and can’t bring the packages into their home and it gets even more frequent during the holiday season.
About 30% of Americans claim that they couldn’t find their packages (with an average worth of 110$) after delivering them and even more than 40%, experience it more than once.
NHSQ package theft prevention guide website is a great source for keeping up with the most recent developments in how everyone is looking to fight porch pirates and other package thieves. And if you want to increase your knowledge further, read the tips below.
Use smart lockers
One of the methods to save your package is to get it delivered to a smart locker.
Though this method requires you to pick your package up not from your home but another location, it’s completely safe and mostly costs no money.
This method is offered by major retailers such as Amazon or UPS.
First, you have to choose a pickup location that is nearest to your home, job or any other place that fits for you and select the locker.
Then complete your checkout as usual and when the package is delivered, you will receive the code to access the selected locker.
Your package will be held there for three days before being returned.
Send your package to an alternative location
Sending your package to alternative locations such as P.O Box (which you can obtain at your local post office), your place of employment or to a neighbor or other trusted person.
If you are more likely to be at your job during delivery hours or if there’s anyone else to pick your package up, delivery to your office is a great option.
To make sure if this package pickup method is possible at your workplace, we recommend checking its policies.
If you choose to send your package to your neighbor or other trusted person, make sure he will be home to pick it up when it is delivered.
Don’t forget he’s doing a favor for you and it shouldn’t burden him!
Require a signature for the delivery
One more method to protect your package from the porch pirates is to require that the package would be delivered only with a signature.
This option can be selected at the checkout and will probably require an additional fee.
Despite the fee, it is definitely worth on expensive purchases. Note that when choosing this method, you are sure to be at home when the package arrives.
Schedule deliveries and set up delivery notifications
Due to the approximate delivery time given by the retailer, it can be difficult to tell when your package will arrive and if you will be at home at that time.
Fortunately, you can set up notifications of your package delivery through your delivery services.
It’s an easy step to take while all major delivery services suggest free smartphone apps to download to track your package.
The notifications will let you know when exactly your package will arrive.
You can also select your package to be held for a pickup or reschedule the delivery because of the unforeseen circumstances.
Add delivery instructions
Additional delivery instructions may also add an extra layer of protection when your package will arrive.
When filling shipping information, look for the ‘delivery instructions’ and write a request on your delivery with certain details.
You can request to place your package in a specific place near or on your porch where potential thieves will have no opportunity to see it.
If you have any plants in pots, a bench, a bush or anything large that your package could be hidden behind, ask the delivery services to put your package there.
Select the in-store pickup
Probably all the retailers which have brick-and-mortar stores will allow you to pick your package up there.
Though this method requires you to go away from your home and takes some time, it is a completely free and safe option to get your purchase.
If your ordered product is in store, you will likely get a chance to pick it up the same day.
When shopping online, at the checkout, look for the in-store pickup option and select the store which is nearest to you.
When you arrive at the store, you won’t have to wait in a checkout line. Look for a customer service desk or a package pick-up to take your purchase.