February 15, 2021
The rising cases of the Coronavirus have increased the popularity of online shopping. Most people feel safer placing an order from the comfort of their homes than stepping inside the shopping mall. On the other hand, the volume of delivery packages has also increased the activities of petty thieves who easily target packages left on doorsteps.
So how can you prevent ‘porch pirates’ from stealing packages from your door? We have highlighted five tips for making sure you won’t become a victim and that your packages are delivered safely.
Install and Use Amazon Key in Your Garage
In many ways, technology can make our lives easier. Amazon recently launched the Amazon Key – a device that gives delivery people access to your garage where they can leave the package. Yes, you may think it could pose a security risk but they programmed the device to record the activities of the delivery person on your premises.
Operational procedure of the Amazon key is unique. The delivery person do not have access to the key code, they only inform Amazon when they arrive at your location and you will be automatically notified. Your garage will only be opened with your consent. The delivery person goes inside to drop the package. Afterward, the garage will be securely locked and your package is safe.
Though this service may be expensive, it’s worth the spend. It will give you peace of mind knowing that your item is secured. Especially when you consider that some people have lost packages worth thousands because it was dropped at their doorstep.
If you need further clarification on this, then call the experts from 843 Locksmith in Charleston SC.
Install a Smart Lock System in Your Property
The installation of smart lock systems will enable you to grant limited access rights to delivery or home maintenance technicians. It gives you control over who enters or exits your home and also helps you to keep track of entries using your mobile phone. Most of the smart lock systems will send notifications to your mobile once someone is at the door. You can equally communicate with the delivery person to give instructions on where to drop your package. This option literally prevents package theft by ‘porch pirates’.
Have your Package Delivered To the Home Of A Relative or Friend
If you’re off on holiday and will not be back anytime soon. You can inform a close relative or friend to receive the package. But you have to be sure that the person will be at home to receive the package.
However, to ensure that your package is safely delivered, you have to request signature confirmation upon delivery
Install a CCTV System
Literally, CCTV cameras installed in your doorway will deter criminals from attacking your building. It also helps during an investigation.
However, the desperate thieves may invade your abode without minding the presence of the CCTV cameras. While this is recommended, it’s better to use smart locks to give temporary access to delivery personal.
Buy a Vault Delivery Package Box
If you can’t allow delivery persons to get access to your home, we suggest you get Package Vault's delivery storage box. It’s a portable box that keeps your deliveries secured. You can place it beside your door and instruct delivery persons to put your orders inside.
There are smart package delivery boxes out there that are also designed to send notifications to your mobile so you could grant access to the delivery person.
You can Get Your Packages Delivered to Your Office
In case you aren’t comfortable with all the options we suggested above, then use your office address for all your packages. You are more likely to be at work when the delivery man arrives. However, if you’re not around, a colleague can sign off and collect the package on your behalf.
Lastly, you can call for professional help, and experts from 843 Locksmith will evaluate your property to recommend the method that will safeguard your package, particularly during the holiday season.
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