Holiday packages don’t always end up in the right hands.
There are a number of ways to avoid so-called “porch pirates,” or crooks caught on camera stealing packages from empty homes.
How to keep your packages safe this holiday:
- Requiring a signature for delivery.
- Have your package dropped off at a side or back door if you don’t want your package to be visible from the street.
- Keep an eye on deliveries by installing a smart doorbell like “Ring,” which comes with a camera that links to your phone.
- Have your package delivered to your workplace to steer clear of becoming an easy target for “porch pirates.”
- UPS and Amazon also have lockers at retail stores where packages can be delivered.
One Longmeadow man told 22News, he doesn’t worry about stolen packages because he works from home but he suggests for those who don’t, to get the security they need.
“I’m not on alert at all,” said Richard Angelson. “Somebody else who works and they’re buying all types of merchandise from Amazon, and runs into several hundred dollars, they should be on guard.”
Having the neighborhood on watch can also be helpful.
“We’re very fortunate that we live in a neighborhood where our neighbors watch out for each other,” said Sue Dow of Longmeadow. “So, we take each other’s packages and we try to alert them ahead of time. It works very well, and so far we’ve been very lucky.”
Last year, nearly 26 million Americans had a holiday package stolen right off their doorstep.
And don’t forget to track your package with the U.S. Postal Service. They are expected to deliver more than 900 million packages this holiday season.