How to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

How to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

A few weeks ago, someone sent us a meme. The meme was a photo of a front porch that was covered with various packages. The caption was simple but funny— “Need to get rid of unwanted junk during the holidays? Put it in Amazon boxes and leave it on your front porch.”

Sadly, package theft continues to be a problem throughout the U.S. – which means if you’re planning on having items delivered this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure your deliveries are protected.

Have items delivered to your work

If you work in an office, ask your manager if it would be OK to receive your packages there. But remember—having 1-2 things delivered is one thing. Having 12+ parcels dropped off at your workplace is another.

Rent a PO Box

If you’re worried that Amazon, FedEx and UPS won’t deliver to a PO Box, there’s a workaround for that. Instead of listing your address as John Smith, PO Box 12345, YourTown, FL, list out the full street address for the post office. In this case, your delivery address might be John Smith, 555 Main Street unit 12345, YourTown, FL. We have several clients that do this, and they’ve never had any problems. Having items delivered to a post office box accomplishes two things. First, all parcels are received by an employee, and second, all parcels are held securely until the recipient picks them up.

Consider Ship to Store

Lots of online retailers allow people to order items from the online store, and receive them at a brick and mortar store. This can be especially beneficial if you’re ordering clothes. Why? Because you can try everything on, before you leave the store, so you know what fits, what you like, and what you want to return. You can return unwanted items with the cashier before you head home.

Have items delivered to a friend who works from home

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of people are working from home. If you have a friend, neighbor or family member who logs into work from their house or condo, ask if they can receive what you’re having delivered.

In closing

Package theft isn’t only annoying, it feels violating. If you’ve had one or more packages stolen, be sure to check out the following video. Although it won’t help you get your stuff back, it’s guaranteed to give you a laugh.

Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap