In an age where online shopping becomes more and more prevalent, it’s an unfortunate fact that packages are getting stolen from front porches around the country. The holiday season can see a surge in deliveries and, as a result, a rise in robberies. Fear not, there are several effective ways to avoid having your goodies swiped.
Ship your order to your work
This is the simplest, most cost-effective way to ensure that your packages are delivered safely. This way they don’t sit outside, unattended for hours on end while you’re not home. As an added bonus, shipping to a commercial address rather than a residential address will result in cheaper shipping rates. It’s a win-win!
There are many different options out there when it comes to security cameras. They range in price and ability. Some allow you to stream live video of your porch from wherever you are. And, if someone does run off with your package, there is documented evidence that can be used when filing a claim. In many cases, this helps you get your refund faster.
Sign up for delivery alerts
Sure, a delivery alert won’t guard your packages, but it will help keep you updated, and knowledge is power! Even making sure that you have your tracking number so that you can keep an eye on your order’s journey is a proactive way to keep deliveries safe.
Know the terms and conditions
And speaking of refunds, make sure you’re well versed in the company’s policy on stolen items. Some companies and artisan vendors will state on their website that they are not responsible for orders stolen after the delivery has been made. That being said, you should still contact the original shipper. If they can’t help you, it’s possible that your credit card issuer can.
Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to keep packages safe. But being proactive and well-informed will do wonders this holiday season and all year round!