We’ve all been there. It’s 5:30 pm and on a Thursday and you’re still working. You’re on a deadline, so there’s no going home, you need to get this done. You send out an email to your client and notice another email from your eCommerce provider reminding you that your package had been delivered at 12:45 pm — over 4 hours ago. An uneasiness sets in. What if it’s not there when you get home? You’ve been waiting for the last two days for it to arrive and you were so caught up with work that you forgot to ask your neighbor to keep an eye out for it. Could someone have swept if off your front porch in broad daylight?
The answer is yes. Package theft is a sad reality that many of us face. In 2015, twenty-three million Americans reported having a package stolen from their home. In the same study, ninety-one percent of homeowners reported having at least one package delivered to their home in a month. With the uptick in eCommerce shopping, we can only expect to see an increase in package theft. So, what should you do if you shop online and work long hours? Here are a few tips:
Many delivery services such as USPS offer a resource called “signature confirmation.” Signature confirmation gives shippers extra peace of mind by requiring a signature from the recipients of their packages. This is a great tool for those of us who work long hours because it ensures that you are home to sign for your package when it arrives.
Hold for Pickup
However, not everyone has the luxury of time to sign for a package. Hold for pickup is another great option if you are fearful that your package might be snatched from your doorstep. It allows for the recipient can choose to have their packages delivered to a delivery service’s customer center. In order for the recipient when the package is ready for pickup. Hold for pickup eliminates the threat of theft — however, it does require you to arrange your schedule with your facility of choice.
If you’re looking for a way to deter criminals from stealing your packages while you’re at work, a security camera might be a good option. You can place a camera on your front door and capture a package theft in broad daylight. However, we’d like to caution you that, as security cameras become more commonplace, many criminals are not fazed by them. You might just end up with a catalog of porch pirates getting away with your deliveries.
Alternate Shipping Address
An alternate shipping address is a great solution if you know you’ll be at the office all day. If you are expecting a package delivery during your work hours, you can redirect the package to be delivered to your place of work. Hopefully, your colleagues won’t ask about what you ordered every time there’s a box on your desk.
Tracking alerts may seem like a no brainer, but they can be easily ignored. You can make a point of tracking your package from facility to delivery. This will help you arrange your schedule in order to be home when your package arrives.
If an alternate shipping address doesn’t seem right for you, a smart locker might be a better option. Amazon, for example, has set up Amazon Lockers in some locations to make deliveries and returns easier for their customers. These lockers are great because there is little room for theft. The downside to them is that they are not available in all locations and may require you to go out of your way to pick up your packages.
Although there are a handful of possible solutions, nothing on the market really seems to be cutting it. What if we told you that there is a product that lives outside your home, is visually appealing, locks after each delivery and catches video surveillance? Sounds pretty awesome right? That very product might be entering the marketplace in a few short months.