As the holiday shopping season swings into full gear, opportunistic thieves are also “shopping” by stealing packages from unsuspecting consumers. Earlier this month, porch pirates stole needed medical supplies valued at more than $3,200 from the front porch of a home in Lebanon County, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Authorities across the country see an uptick in this type of theft. One reason, more and more people are shopping online. According to the Commerce Department, third quarter e-commerce sales rose 14.5 percent over last year. The subsequent increase in package delivery correlates with an uptick in package thefts.
How to keep your packages out of the hands of thieves
There are a number of ways to keep your home deliveries safe from opportunist thieves.
If you work during the day, consider having your packages delivered to your place of business. There are also online retailers who give you the option of picking up your items at their local brick and mortar store. Amazon also has locker delivery in many areas, allowing you to pick up your Amazon package at select locations. The online retail giant has started another new enterprise – Amazon Hub. Apartment managers can install hub lockers which will allow residents to pick up a package from any retailer from a secure locker.
Delaware State Police have posted a number of tips on the website to keep you and your packages safe during the holiday season.
Take matters into your own hands
Another option is to install a doorbell camera that is linked to your smartphone. If someone approaches, the motion detector triggers the camera. It then begins recording and sends you an alert. A thief will most often run if they know they are being recorded, according to law enforcement authorities. You can also talk with the person on your porch through the speakers in the camera.
Delco Alarm Systems offers a variety of models of doorbell cameras – both hardwired and battery-operated. You can even integrate some cameras into your existing security system. A specialist from Delco Alarm Systems can help you choose which product is right for you.
Delco Alarm Systems also offers wire-free HD security cameras – a great alternative allowing you to add multiple cameras, both inside and outside around your home. With these high quality cameras you have live view access and get instant notification of any activity through a smartphone or email. A variety of cloud recording options are also available.