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It’s time now to plot against porch pirates

Monday, December 2, 2019by  PEMCO Insurance

​Online shoppers, it's not too early to take steps now to deter porch pirates from stealing your holiday gift deliveries.

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Doorstep theft has jumped dramatically in recent years. Thieves stalk delivery trucks and snatch packages off porches in broad daylight, doing it so quickly that no one's the wiser until the online shopper wonders, "Where's my delivery?"

In time for some of the busiest delivery days of the year, PEMCO offers a few steps consumers can take to keep porch pirates at bay:

  • Instruct shippers to deliver packages to a specific location hidden from plain sight. For example, "inside the carport" or "behind the planter box."
  • Require a signature before packages can be left. Just realize that if you're not there to sign, you'll need to work with the shipping company to reschedule delivery.
  • Install a lockbox on your front porch or use other technology-enabled security devices to keep your packages safe until you get home.
  • Ship your order to a trusted neighbor who you know will be home during delivery hours.
  • Or, if your employer permits it, use your work address rather than your home address for deliveries.

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Comments on this post

personDennis Stuhaug12/04/2019 03:38 PM
Though it is probably more common in rural areas and a little less convenient than having letters delivered to your door, a year-around U.S. Post Office Box provides great security! Yeah. there are a few companies that won't deliver to a PO Box, and probably not to a private box company, but that is changing with evolving delivery services. Most of the major private carriers now move packages from the store to your local post office, and the USPS carrier brings them the last mile or so to your house. You could ask the carrier to drop your packages in the kennel in your front yard where you keep your pet tiger.
personWarren Hartz12/04/2019 01:00 PM
Also having a ring doorbell or other motion activated camera watching your porch may at least catch a video if something is stolen, and if you can watch it on your phone in real time you can call police.
If it's a big problem in your neighborhood, everyone could leave boxes with heavy garbage in them on their porch, looking like they were just delivered, so thieves wouldn't know which boxes have anything of value.
personJohn Gowdy12/04/2019 11:23 AM
Another option to prevent package theft id to rent a mailbox at the nearest UPS store.

For no extra fee they will receive & hold packages for you.

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