Top 5 Ways to Beat Package Thieves This Holiday SeasonPosted By Michael Goris
Hi DIYers! With the holidays quickly approaching, we know that many of you will be receiving packages and presents to your home. You will want to be very wary of package thieves around this time of year. Luckily, we have the Top 5 ways to help you thwart a thief trying to take your stuff!
Arrange for Package Pickup
If you aren't going to be around during the time of delivery, you might just arrange to pick up the package from a post office or a pickup locker. There might even be a pickup location on your way home from work so that you don't have to go out of your way. Sure, it isn't as convenient as having your delivery brought to you, but at least you'll have peace of mind in knowing that your gift is safe.
Deliver it Elsewhere
If you don't have time to pick up your package, then maybe you can deliver it somewhere else where you'll know it's safe. For example, some companies and places of employment will allow employees to have packages delivered to the office during the workday. Or if you have a friend or a relative who is home during the day, you might have it sent to their house instead.
Get Security Cameras
Rather than avoiding thieves, you might just try to catch them in the act. You can get security cameras as part of your alarm monitoring service and set them up to get a good look at anyone who approaches your home. There are fantastic camera options whether you use Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. If you don't want to go the full video surveillance route, then you could still use something simple like a SkyBell Video Doorbell Camera.
Schedule Your Deliveries
Many delivery services allow you to schedule deliveries based on your schedule. This way, you can have your delivery occur at a time when you know that you're going to be home. Check with the delivery company to see if there is a way you can set up a scheduled time for your delivery. At the very least, you may be able to make sure the delivery occurs within a specific time frame.
Use Home Automation
Smart home devices can be very useful in preventing stolen packages. Devices you might use in this way include smart garage door controllers and smart door locks. For example, you might leave a note for a postal worker to leave a package in the garage. You can then use your smart garage door controller to shut the garage door behind them when they leave. Or you could use a Z-Wave door lock to unlock the door for a delivery, and then re-lock the door after the postal worker leaves.
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