According to José Holguín-Veras, an engineering professor and director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, about 1.7 million packages are stolen every day in the United States.
Yes, a shocking figure, and from all indications these numbers are set to go up as more and more people take their shopping online because of COVID19.
Porch pirates have existed for quite a while now, taking packages off doorsteps when there’s no one around to see. They have been here before the pandemic and the current situation is only going to make the porch pirate business soar.
So, what can you do to stop your packages from getting stolen off your doorsteps? Read on to find out.
- Set up a security system
Porch pirates or not, security for your home has always been important, and not having any system installed to help puts your home at risk. You can deter porch pirates and any forms of intruders by installing a home security system. Install security cameras and intercom that affords you several ways to stay protected and keep your packages. A security system can alert you of deliveries whether or not you are home. If you are in a remote location, you can quickly call someone else to secure the package for you till you arrive. It will also help you prove if the package was actually delivered or not.
- Request a signature
Requesting a signature during your purchase can help make sure the package isn’t delivered when you are not home. Most businesses will either contact you to deliver again or have you come to pick up the package in person.
- Make an even more specific request
You can opt for instructing the business to deliver the package to your work, the home of a relative who’s always home, your local post office, or to hide it out of plain view at your home.
- Use a package receiving service
Another way to prevent package theft is to set up with a package receiving service that can receive the package for you. This means rather than take the delivery at your home and risk all the horror stories in your absence, the service location will receive the package instead and you can go pick it up at your convenience.
- Use smart locks
You’ve probably wondered about companies creating a solution that works for their customers to prevent porch pirate activities. The good news is some innovative solutions used by a few companies exist. An example is BoxLock. BoxLock is a smart padlock that works with a corresponding app. The smart locks work by having the delivery person scan the package bar code on the lock. When the lock opens, the package can be dropped in the storage container and locked again until your arrival. Companies like UPS, FedEx, Amazon Prime, and USPS use BoxLock for their interested customers.
There’s also another option that uses an Amazon-approved third-party smart lock to allow deliveries inside your home.