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How to Prevent Package Theft

It’s a sad testament to our modern society, but porch pirates are becoming an increasingly difficult problem. Many seem quite brazen. Online shopping is now very popular. With the frequency and volume of packages delivery increasing, so will package theft. Here are some steps you can take to reduce and prevent theft of your holiday gifts.

Install Cameras or a CCTV System

These systems can run 24/7 and all of the elements (wires, cameras, and computers) are all connected to one another. No one can access the footage unless they have access to the controlling center of the system. This is a great way to see if there was any suspicious activity around your business or even to see if someone stole a package from your front porch at home. There are systems available for both commercial and residential use, but there are a variety of options in each category.

For instance, you can choose between wired or wireless cameras. The benefit of wired cameras is that they are less likely to have connectivity issues and are more reliable than wireless cameras. The wires also bring power to the cameras as well as a steady signal to connect to the system. But the downside is that installing the wires will be timely and costly. Sometimes you will have to thread them underground or in walls for a long distance. Wireless cameras can be beneficial because there is less set up and they are easier to place. However, wireless cameras usually require a wifi connection and most likely will run off of battery power. You will need to replace the batteries regularly and if you have issues with connectivity for the internet, you can run into reliability issues.

Take Delivery When You Are Home

Avoid having packages delivered unless you will be home. Instead, you should opt to pick them up from the carrier. Security experts urge homeowners to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times. If you have expensive-looking boxes, packages, or gifts to unload from your car, try to do it in the evening when it’s darker so it’s less obvious to would-be burglars. Since unloading gifts at night could be dangerous, be sure to have someone with you. If you are by yourself, try to park in your garage and unload everything after closing your garage door. This increased privacy could make a huge difference in your holiday outcome.

Keep Packages Out of Sight

A well-placed planter near your front door can make it more difficult for porch pirates to see what’s been delivered. Make sure to leave instructions on the order to place the boxes behind the barrier so the delivery person knows.

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