More and more consumers are shopping online and relying on delivery services to ship packages to their doorstep.
Unfortunately, some of those packages are targeted by porch pirates who deprive recipients of their goods.
Delivery services such as FedEx, UPS, Amazon and the United States Postal Service often see an increase in the number of packages stolen prior to the holiday season. That’s because more packages are being delivered this time of year, and because some deliveries are made past sunset when the cover of darkness can conceal a likely perpetrator.
The Las Cruces Police Department provides these tips to help prevent becoming a victim of porch piracy:
- Track deliveries online and try to be home at the time packages are delivered.
- Require a signature for all home delivery packages.
- When scheduling a delivery, leave instructions where the package can be delivered.
- Request electronic notification when delivery is made.
- Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to receive your package at the time of delivery.
- Create a concealed drop-off zone, possibly using planters or creative landscaping, where packages can be left near the front door and remain unseen from passersby.
- If possible, have the package delivered to your place of employment or a location where you know it can be securely received.
- Schedule online purchases from big box retailers to be delivered to their local store where you can arrange for curbside pickup.
- Have the package delivered to a FedEx or UPS store where it can be held for pickup.
- Utilize a motion-activated porch light to help deter unwanted guests.
- Consider installing a motion-activated home security system, such as a Ring or Nest doorbell camera, that records video and immediately sends notification of activity to your smartphone.
- Be a good neighbor and watch for suspicious activity. Immediately call police if any such activity is seen in your neighborhood.
Consumers might also consider purchasing insurance for the contents of packages at the time delivery is scheduled. Insuring the items does not prevent them from being stolen but does help provide restitution if items go missing.