It’s almost Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year which means package deliveries are about to skyrocket. For those of us with enough sanity to not wait in a line on Thanksgiving to save money on a new TV, Cyber Monday offers the convenience of purchasing products at a discounted price online. Created in 2005 to increase sales, customers have been able to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family without having to miss out on the amazing deals. With the drastic increase of package delivers however, the possibility of front porch theft equally increases. Here are 4 home security tips to prevent a package delivery theft for your 2017 Cyber Monday.
1. Advertise a Home Security System
The best way to not become a victim of theft is to not be a target for one. Letting potential burglars know that your home is being monitored can pose as a serious deterrent in their theft plans. According to a study that surveyed 422 convicted burglars, visible security signs rank in the top 10 most effective theft deterrents.
2. Doorbell Camera
Assuming the person delivering your package will leave it just outside your front door, a camera to capture the theft can help in returning your stolen item. With a product such as the Skybell Video Doorbell, you can clearly capture what the thief looks like from your smart phone with 1080p HD video quality, night vision and 5X zoom. It even offers motion detection and 2-way communication so you are able to see and talk to whoever is at your door from anywhere. For $199, this doorbell camera will eventually pay for itself through peace of mind.
3. Reschedule Deliveries
It’s fairly common for someone to travel out of town for the holiday season, which means there’s a good chance you won’t be home during a Cyber Monday delivery. Luckily, you are able to track a shipment with your conformation information. Both UPS and FedEx offer options to reschedule a delivery or even hold a package to better suit your schedule.
4. Deliver to Work
A package delivery can happen virtually any time of the day, as well as a package theft. It may come as a surprise but the most common time of day for a burglary to occur is between 10am-3pm. This is because thieves know a majority of home owners are at work during this time. To eliminate the most likely time for theft, schedule your package deliver to your place of work. This way you can personally receive your package and take it safely home yourself.
To further ensure package safety, as well as home security, call Protect America and find out about the great deals being offered. Happy Holidays!