During the holidays, thieves will actually follow delivery trucks, snatching the packages that the driver leaves at peoples’ front doors. Thieves will also cruise around neighborhoods in search of boxes left at front doors—and steal them.
Here are numerous tips on how to protect packages, that are being sent to you, from theft, and also how to safeguard anything you’re sending out.
- Get a tracking number from the shipping company.
- Require a signature with the delivery.
- If you won’t be home, have the company leave the package at a local shipping center.
- Set up an obvious surveillance camera with your home security system.
- If UPS is making the delivery, get onboard with their U.P.S. My Choice program, which sends an e-mail or text message to the customer just prior to package arrival; it will be rerouted if nobody is home.
- Insist that the driver leave the package in an inconspicuous area.
- Have the driver leave the package at your apartment’s or condo’s office.
- Retrieve your mail as quickly as possible after delivery.
- If you can’t retrieve it daily, have a trusted person get it.
- If you’re traveling, have the post office hold your mail until you get back.
- Never received mail you were expecting? Contact the sender to see if it was sent. If so, file a complaint with the post office. This also applies if the contents of mail are missing.
- Bring your checks or money orders to a postal collection box (personally give it to a postal worker) for the delivery driver to pick up; don’t leave checks or money orders in your home mailbox.
- Never leave packages outside your door.
- Alert recipients of your packages as to when they are to expect them.
- Insure any packages you send.