• Steps to Prevent Package Theft

    Package theft is an everyday problem, but after Black Friday it usually gets worse. Thieves will be trolling neighborhoods looking for those deliveries that are sitting on your porch. Cameras d0n’t seem to be a good deterrent other than confirming what you already suspect, someone walked off with your online orders. Most of the time the video poor video quality doesn’t allow for a positive identification to be made. The camera angles never seem to get a tag number, and the thief gets away with it.

    There are a few precautions you can take to help deter or prevent package theft from ruining your holiday season. Before I get into those, I want to caution you against using force if you encounter the perpetrator. A lot of really bad parents will send their children to retrieve packages from front porches of unsuspecting victims. Please be aware of this tactic as it may lead to an innocent child being hurt. So with that in mind, what are your options?

    Ask a Neighbor

    Do you have a neighbor you can trust? See if they can retrieve those packages for you. Most neighbors don’t mind doing this, unless your that problem neighbor that’s always partying and disrupting the neighborhood. You might send them some treats as a thank you for their assistance.

    Office Deliveries

    When I lived in an apartment I would have packages shipped to my office at work. This worked really well and I never had an issue. Keep in mind whatever you have delivered to the office will need to fit in your vehicle at the end of the day. Ordering a new washing machine for office delivery may be a bad idea.

    BoxLock

    BoxLock is a padlock to protect deliveries. You basically have a container on your porch secured by the BoxLock. Only packages addressed to you and that are actually out for delivery that day will unlock the BoxLock. The BoxLock starts at $129.

    Amazon Locker

    Amazon Lockers are lockers located in various high-profile locations. Upon delivery, you’ll receive the combination needed to retrieve your package. This may not be convenient depending on the location of the nearest locker.

    Amazon Key

    As a private investigator I just can’t advise doing this, but if you so choose….

    Amazon key is an internet connected lock and camera for surveillance of the drop off. The delivery driver opens your door with the key and leaves the package inside your house. Let that sink in for a moment, what could possibly go wrong? The way I see this playing out for me: I get a notification that my package was just delivered safe and sound inside my home. Shortly after that, I’ll get an alert on NextDoor that a Blue Heeler is running around my neighborhood. Funny thing is, I have a Blue Heeler and amazingly enough, that’s him in the picture on NextDoor. Hmmmm, I wonder how that happened? All joking aside, It may be a good idea depending on your circumstances. If you want to go that route Amazon Key starts around $250.