How to Prevent Stolen Packages
We’ve had many reports of stolen packages from porches lately. This type of crime has been increasing by the day – even more since the pandemic has changed buying habits and more consumer goods are being shipped than ever before.
So, how do you protect your packages so you’re not a victim?
The #1 way to protect against this type of crime is to have an extra set of eyes to watch your back with a video doorbell. The image below is footage from a video doorbell. It’s crisp and clear, time stamped, and sent to your mobile phone instantly.
A Video Doorbell allows you to see and hear exactly who comes to your door, no matter where you are. Even if they don’t ring the doorbell, the PIR (passive infrared) sensor will detect human activity and alert you on your mobile device. With 2-way audio, you can speak with whoever is at the door, watch live video, and store clips.
Another great deterrent is an installed Outdoor Cameras. Studies have shown that burglars are much less likely to target homes with visible security cameras, and the outdoor camera looks the part. It features infrared night vision, so you can see what’s happening at your front door, back entrance, or garage, no matter what. If something is detected, you’ll get notified on your mobile device.
What else can you do?
- First, if possible, become friendly with the people that deliver to your house and let them know where you prefer to have your packages left – like, for instance, behind the potted plant, or by your back door.
- Purchase a package locker or lockbox for your front porch, so your delivery person can lock your holiday gifts safely inside until you get home.
- And don’t forget to post a sign mentioning that your home is under surveillance!