You know the holiday season is here when you hear the sounds of delivery trucks outside. Everyday, I see delivery trucks making their rounds and dropping packages off left and right at homes. According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), they are ready to deliver more than 28 million packages per day between December 16-21, and will average 20.5 million packages per day through the remainder of the year. That is A LOT of packages!
Unfortunately, holiday shopping season is definitely a prime time for package theft. Thieves are taking advantage of the fact that online shipping is at an all-time high now. It's reported that 30% of Americans have been a victim of package theft. Here are some tips that may help keep your packages safe.
- Do not let your packages sit. Try to monitor your packages when they are expected to arrive. Keep a list of your tracking numbers so you can see when your packages will come. You can sign up for Informed Delivery with USPS, which digitally previews your mail and helps you manage your packages that are scheduled to arrive.
- Talk to your neighbors. If you have neighbors that are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date. Sometimes packages can be mistakenly left at your neighbors houses, so you can always check with them to see if they have your missing package.
- Ship to an alternate address. Depending where you work, your company may allow you to ship your packages directly to your workplace. Check with management to see if this is acceptable. You could also consider shipping your packages to a relative or friends home.
- Ship to the store. Some retailers offer ship-to-store options. This ensures that your package is safe with the store. Some stores even offer free shipping to the store, whereas shipping to your home might include a cost.
- Ship to your local pack and ship store. If you have a UPS, FedEx or other locally owned packing and shipping store nearby, consider sending your packages there. This also ensures that your package is safe with the store.
- Hi tech solutions. If you order a lot of packages throughout the year, it may be helpful and wise to invest in technology-based solutions. This may include: mobile apps or security cameras.
- Install a package lockbox. A lockbox can be installed on your front porch. Once it's installed, you can share the code with your delivery service.
- Signature on delivery. Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.
- Insure your holiday packages. Since package theft is increased during the holidays, it may be wise to insure your packages during this time of the year. In case your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.
I hope that these tips and tools will help you during this holiday season. For any questions about these tips, contact us at https://www.whimsagency.com/contact. Have a happy and safe holiday!