How Your Home Surveillance System Helps You Stop ‘Porch Pirates’
Protect Your Packages with Smart Security Measures
The holiday season is here, and that means you’re going to see a lot of packages on your doorstep in the coming weeks.
That also means an increased threat of “porch pirates” – pesky, package-stealing thieves – this time of year.
You might be concerned with how to protect your property in the Chapel Hill area this year but it’s easier than you think – from home surveillance to some neighborly help. In this blog, we’ll give you some helpful tips on keeping your items secure, so everyone has a merrier holiday season.
Ready to learn more? Keep reading.
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If there’s one thing your surveillance system is good for, it’s helping you keep an eye on your home when you’re away. That’s not only useful in a worst-case-scenario.
Surveillance is a great way to alleviate the holiday stress by taking a proactive approach to letting you know as soon as an important package has made it to your doorstep.
When someone approaches your doorstep, you can receive push notifications letting you know someone was at your front door. You can then pull up surveillance footage on your smartphone to see if it’s the package you’ve been expecting.
From then on, you can keep an eye on it all times to make sure it stays safe. If you have a smart doorbell, communicate with the delivery man directly to let him know the best place to leave it.
Do you have a close relationship with your local USPS or FedEx driver? You can also use your access control system to give him a unique user code. During select times, he can unlock the door to leave the package inside, so you don’t have to worry about thieves.
Find some more helpful tips on using your surveillance system to thwart thieves by checking out our video resources page.
Sign for Packages
Of course, technology isn’t the only way you can protect your deliveries. One of the best ways is to make sure your mail carrier sees you and hands it to you directly.
When you order anything online, be sure to instruct the sender that you’d like to sign for your packages when they come to your door.
If the carrier can’t reach you at the time, they’ll leave a note and you can schedule another time for drop off. It’s a great way to stay in-the-know about when you can expect valuable packages to arrive.
Drop Off Destinations
If you’re not around for long stretches during the holiday season, not to worry! You can still protect your belongings.
First, ask your friends and neighbors to pick up anything dropped off at your door. If that’s not possible, simply have the packages delivered to your office or workplace.
Lastly, you can contact your carriers like the US Postal Service or FedEx and request an alternative drop off destination. That way, you can ensure your packages remain safe even if you can’t pick them up immediately.
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