It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially for scoundrels known as “porch pirates.”
These opportunistic porch thieves take advantage of people everywhere. They steal packages from doorsteps across America, leaving thousands empty-handed. Whether you live in the suburbs, a rural community or a big city, you can easily become the target of these criminals looking for a quick and easy hit.
This time of year is prime hunting season for these thieves who take advantage of people’s busy schedules. They know gifts will be bought online and delivered to front porches. Most have the same MO. They wait until people are at work or at school then strike. Some of these bad guys even follow delivery trucks as they make their rounds. Once the truck rolls out of sight, they run in and scoop up the packages. You arrive home to find little Joey’s new hatchimal toy or Aunt Emma’s yummy fruitcake missing.
According to a survey conducted by Shorr Packaging Corp., a large independent packaging distribution firm, almost three in 10 people have been the victim of a package theft in the past year.
Stop the Thieves Before They Strike
Unfortunately, there is little you can do after a porch thief targets your home. Outsmart them instead and prevent your packages from being stolen in the first place.
Doorbell cameras are a great deterrent. These cameras allow you to check on any activity on your porch through your smart phone. The motion detector triggers the camera, then it begins recording and sends you an alert.
You can also talk with anyone on your porch through the speakers in the camera. Law enforcement officials say thieves who know they are being recorded on video will bolt before they steal your package. But if they do, police can use video recordings to catch the thief.
Delco Alarm Systems offers a variety of models of doorbell cameras – both hardwired and battery-operated – that can fit your needs. 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.
Arlo wire-free HD security cameras are another great alternative since you can 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.
Arlo also offers other options, such as security lights that can work alone or with security cameras and baby cameras, to keep an eye on your little one.
Delco Alarm Systems is an authorized partner for Arlo cameras. If you have purchased a doorbell camera or an Arlo camera on your own and would like assistance with installation, contact the professionals at Delco Alarm Systems.
Don’t give porch pirates the opportunity to make you a victim this holiday season. Be proactive and protect your home, family and belongings from criminals. Easy and cost-effective solutions are available.
Also, don’t forget to be a good neighbor. If you see someone suspicious on your neighbor’s property, call 911 immediately.