There’s few things as frustrating as ordering something online, and realizing that although you received a delivery email the package is not there…and finally realizing it was stolen. Although there is no specific data on package theft, as most shipping companies and retailers don’t parse it out, there are estimates that as many as 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their porch.
Below are some tips to ensure you are the person opening your delivered packages.
- Invest in a webcam that is aimed at your front door/porch area.
- Invest in a smart mailbox, such as uCella.
- Virtual (and real-life) neighborhood watch. Bringing your neighbors’ packages inside (after okay’ing with them) and then dropping them by later can be a very neighborly thing to do. Nextdoor is also a great neighborhood message board, where other neighbors may have cameras showing who the perpetrators were and/or misdelivery of packages.
- Consider a different delivery location, such as your workplace or a friend/family member who is home during the day.
- Send the package to your nearest FedEx office or UPS customer center location.
- Require a signature so that your item won’t be left unattended.
- If possible, leave instructions for your delivery to have them ring the doorbell or knock before they leave the package.
Photo: Nate Steiner via flickr.