I was listening to the radio earlier and they were talking about “Porch Pirates.” This was the first time I had heard this term so it peaked my interest. With the increase in online shopping, there has been an increase in theft of packages right off the front porch.
There are actually people who drive around (sometimes in box trucks disguised as delivery vehicles) and walk up to someone’s porch in the middle of the day and take their packages. What an absolute invasion of privacy!
This is a growing issue across the country and you need to protect yourself from the evil “Porch Pirates.” Here are 5 tips how you can keep your packages in your possession:
1. Keep an eye on your tracking information and ensure you are home when your packages are due to arrive. Take advantage of UPS My Choice which texts you in the morning to alert you to the delivery of a package, it texts you when it has been delivered and you can even delay or re-route delivery of a package. FedEx has a similar service called Delivery Manager.
2. If you won’t be at home when a package is due to arrive, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to retrieve the packages for you. You can offer to retrieve their packages for them when they are not home.
3. Ship your packages to your or your spouse’s workplace. This way someone is always there to receive them.
4. Ship the packages to your relative’s house. Maybe your parents are retired and home the majority of the time? Maybe your cousin has a doorman who receives packages for the residents? If you feel your packages will be safer at their house, ask if you can send your packages there instead.
Have you been a victim of a “Porch Pirate?”