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How to Prevent Porch Piracy

Ah, the holiday season. It’s chock-full of lights, gifts, joy, and....theft? According to reports from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), robbery and personal larceny "increase by approximately 20 percent during the last month of the year.” This statistic is compounded by the popularity of online shopping during the holidays, which is expected to reach $207 billion between November and December – a 10% increase from 2020 – according to Adobe Analytics.

Because of the popularity of online shopping, porch piracy is a huge concern to consumers, particularly during the holidays. Porch piracy, or the theft of packages left on the (rightful) owners' doorstep, impacts millions of people per year. Besides the financial impact, it’s a huge violation of privacy and security since it mostly occurs right outside of people's homes.

Whether you’re waiting for holiday gifts to arrive or for packages during the rest of the year, it’s important to make sure your assets are protected. Here are some tips for preventing porch piracy:

  • Be diligent with package tracking. When you’re expecting a delivery, the company you purchase it from will send tracking information so you know the estimated delivery date. It’s important to be diligent when expecting a package, especially to avoid it being stolen. Regularly check your tracking information and grab your package as soon as it arrives if possible.

  • Require a signature. If you want to take the extra step to make sure your package is in your hands upon arrival, update your delivery instructions to require a signature. This will ensure your deliveries aren’t left unattended. Keep in mind that this also means packages won’t be left if you’re not home and unable to sign when they need you to.

  • Invest in a package lockbox. Someone who isn’t home often (especially during the day) should consider investing in a package lockbox. While this isn’t the most affordable option, it does provide a safe way for delivery services to leave items outside your home. After sharing the lockbox code, delivery drivers can securely lock your packages away until you can get them yourself.

  • Try out a locker service. Like the lockbox option, locker services allow your package to be delivered and left in a secure place until you’re able to receive it. Unlike the lockbox option, lockers may be located at a convenience store or other shops. You’ll be given a code to open your locker and retrieve your package, AND you’ll have peace of mind that it won’t be stolen.

  • Purchase a video doorbell. Video doorbells have recently grown in popularity and have a variety of uses. In addition to overall home security, they can deter porch pirates from trying to steal your items. If the presence of a security doorbell isn’t enough, video doorbells often have motion sensors and the ability to two-way talk. This allows you to better manage your deliveries (and your home security).

The holidays are a time for celebration and enjoying time with loved ones –– don’t let that be ruined by porch piracy. Use these tips to keep your home and your assets safe no matter the time of year.

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