The season of holiday shopping is upon us which also means it’s the season of porch pirates. This holiday season, shippers expect to handle around 700 million packages. Porch pirates are criminals who steal packages that have been left on doorsteps. In fact, studies show at least 23 million Americans have fallen victim to this crime. Here are some tips on how to avoid being a porch pirate’s next victim this holiday season.
Install a doorbell camera.
There are several companies that make doorbell devices which allow you to communicate with the delivery person from your mobile device, watch the delivery process and even unlock your door for the delivery person to leave your package inside your home. You can then watch them exit your house and lock your door from any location.
Install a surveillance camera.
Many porch pirates have been caught thanks to footage on surveillance cameras. Electronic House suggests that you look for a camera has a built in motion detector and a built-in SD card. That’s because when the camera notices someone approach your front door, it instantly begins recording. Another feature provided by some surveillance cameras is the option to have a text sent to you when motion is detected. This allows you to watch the incident in real time.
Install a speciality sensor.
There are devices that packages can be placed on which notify you and a neighbor that your package has been delivered. You receive the notification via text message and a loud siren is activated if the package is removed.
The shipping and logistics industry works hard to get your packages safely to your doorstep, so you can help stop the porch pirates and have a happy holiday season!