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How to Stop Porch Pirates and Package Theft

How to Stop Porch Pirates and Package Theft

In an age where doorstep deliveries have become the norm, the threat of package theft, or porch piracy, looms larger than ever. Due to the increase in package theft and the financial burden on the shipper & delivery services, most of the responsibility has been pushed to the buyer (package receiver).

Prevention is key when it comes to porch pirates.

As an expert in package theft prevention and an advocate for secure solutions, we understand the importance of safeguarding your deliveries. Here are six actionable tips to help you thwart porch pirates and ensure your packages reach your hands safely.

1. Set up delivery notifications.

Embrace the power of technology to stay one step ahead of potential package thieves. Most major delivery services offer delivery notification services that keep you informed about the status of your deliveries in real time. These alerts allow you to minimize the time your packages spend unattended on your porch. Don't forget to keep your sound notifications on during delivery days to stay vigilant.

2. Require a signature.

If your delivery is particularly expensive or personally valuable, you may want to consider requiring a signature upon delivery. With most USPS, UPS, and FedEx deliveries, you can opt in for protection features like this for a small fee. This additional security measure ensures that your package ends up in the right hands, not those of porch pirates.

3. Invest in a secure package delivery lockbox.

According to one expert, “Recipients would be smart to try to ensure there’s a secure container or location to store packages until they can be retrieved.” Easily, one of the most effective ways to safeguard your deliveries is by utilizing a secure package delivery lockbox. Lockboxes like Adoorn's Package Box keep your packages and deliveries safe upon delivery, so you don’t have to worry about watching for porch pirates.

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4. Make friends with your neighbors.

Community solidarity can be a powerful deterrent against package theft. When you're not available to receive a delivery, consider reaching out to your neighbors. If you’re unable to be home, check with your neighbors! It can give you serious peace of mind knowing someone you trust is keeping an eye on your porch.

5. Choose the "gift" option at checkout.

One recent study suggested porch pirates prefer boxes with brand names. Thankfully, some companies will pack your goods in a neutral, plain box if the item is listed as a gift. When possible, request a gift shipping option so that your package is less attractive to thieves!

6. Use the vacation hold feature.

If you’re receiving a package via UPS or FedEx, you can have the carrier hold your package if you are out of town or unable to be home! FedEx can hold packages at no charge for up to two weeks, while UPS offers one week.

Adoorn’s secure mailboxes & package boxes prevent mail and package theft and keep your deliveries safe from porch pirates. They can be easily accessed by your delivery drivers and are spacious enough to receive both mail and packages. What you get in the mail has evolved, your mailbox needs to evolve with it.

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