Online shopping has exploded in popularity, especially since companies like Amazon can get items to your door in only a day or two.
And now, the current pandemic has left online shopping your only choice for everything but groceries.
Thieves are now rubbing their hands in anticipation. A huge uptick in deliveries provides them with plenty of stuff to steal.
Unfortunately for you, retailers and delivery companies aren’t responsible for items stolen off your doorstep. Your only recourse is to file a police report — and who if you’ll ever get your items back that way?
Instead, you should take measures to prevent thieves from snagging your orders in the first place. Read on to learn some effective methods for protecting your packages from theft.
Schedule Your Delivery For When You’re Home
The longer a package sits on your porch, the more time a thief has to see it and decide to snatch it. Contact the shipping company to see if you can schedule your delivery for a particular time.
Many companies will charge a fee for scheduled deliveries. Instead, you can set up free notifications for when your package will arrive. Just be sure to be home when it does.
If FedEx is shipping your product, you can ask them to deliver it to a nearby Walgreens. Walgreens will hold it for you until you can come to get it.
Rely on a Trusted Friend or Neighbor
A neighbor or nearby friend should be willing to hold your item for you while you’re away. Contact the friend or neighbor ahead of time to get their permission.
For obvious reasons, make sure it’s not an item that doesn’t require a signature or your friend/neighbor won’t be allowed to accept the delivery. These are generally high-value items, as they are natural targets for thieves.
Add Delivery Instructions to Keep the Package Out of Sight
Most companies let you add delivery instructions on your order during the checkout process. If you have a side door or back door that’s more out of sight, instruct the driver to leave it there.
Perhaps your side door is too exposed. You could even get creative and ask the driver to leave the package in some plants or something similar.