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Nov 01

Prevent Package Theft ... Do not Leave Deliveries Sitting on Your Doorstep

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 5:09 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Take a quick look around you and the items that you own – it can be clothing, furniture, electronics, toiletries, or even groceries.
Online Shopping
If you were to do an online search for any of these items, chances are you would find more than one vendor that sells them and can have been delivered to your doorstep in a matter of days.

The convenience of shopping on the internet means more individuals are inclined to elect online ordering over in-store buying, particularly before and during the busy holiday season. The problem lies in the delivered packages left sitting on doorsteps for hours at a time and visible to thieves who act on impulse and view those shipping boxes as opportunities too tempting to pass up.
Package Deliveries
So, how do we stop thieves from stealing our packages? We eliminate the opportunity. There are a few ways to do this.

One option is to have a neighbor pick up the package and hold it until you get home. Another is to indicate to the delivery service that you would like them to place the package in a discreet location somewhere around your house so that the package cannot be seen from the street. Also, if your workplace allows, you can request that deliveries be sent there instead.

Since I am a fan of technology, I would also suggest buying a motion sensor camera and installing it near your front door. The camera can be programmed to send an alert to your phone when it detects activity near your doorway and can serve as a deterrent for a criminal who knows they may be video recorded.
Delivery Man on the Front Porch
I hope these tips can be helpful on keeping your packages safe from thieves.

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