How To Prevent Package Theft

April 19th, 2019



Most people in Houston, TX have embraced the convenience of ordering items online, and then sitting back and having those items delivered straight to your home. It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it’s even fun… unless someone else steals your package after it’s been delivered to your door.

Unfortunately with the rise in popularity of online ordering in Houston, TX, package theft is also on the rise. Once people realized that packages might be left sitting in plain sight, unattended, for hours, some unscrupulous characters decided to take them if the opportunity presented itself. So what can you do to protect yourself from package theft?

Get Help From Neighbors

It may be old fashioned, but this is one of the best ways to protect your packages. If you get along with your neighbors, simply ask for the favor of letting them collect packages after delivery has dropped them off. That way, you can go to their home, collect your package, and have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your packages are not sitting on your porch for hours, unprotected while you are away.

Install Security Cameras

This can do a lot of you, especially if you use multiple cameras. A security camera at your door means that people are clearly identified and recorded as they come to your entrance. Not only does this confirm when delivery has occurred, but if someone attempts to take the package, they are also easy to identify. In most cases, the presence of a security camera will deter thieves because they don’t wish to be identified.

However, installing security cameras around the area also protects your home from people testing doors and windows, as now their activities are being recorded. If you install security cameras near your sidewalk or driveway, you may even capture license plate details if someone drives in a car, grabs a package and drives away.

Try A Signature Or Click & Collect System

Another option for protecting your packages is to specify that they will only be delivered if someone is there to collect a signature. This may mean a delay in receiving your package if you’re not there, either rescheduling for another time or going down to a collection point the next day.

If you’re buying the product from a bigger retailer, a new alternative on offer is “click and collect.” This means that now your order is sent to a retail outlet of your choice. Once you confirm your preferred method of collection, by clicking, you can go down to your chosen outlet and get the package there.

Deliver It At Work

A final option, if your workplace allows it, is to use your place of work as your delivery point. Assuming your package is delivered during business hours, this guarantees that someone will always be there to receive the package, even if you’re not.

More and more people in Houston, TX are taking advantage of the convenience of ordering online. Make sure that you take the appropriate precautions so that you don’t lose your packages just as you’re supposed to be receiving them.

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