Online shopping has exploded thanks to the presence of COVID-19, and the arriving packages are perfect pickings for porch pirates. In fact, 1 in 4 Canadians have been a victim of a porch pirate, according to Finder`!
Porch pirates are thieves that steal packages after they’ve been delivered. Read on to find out more about how to protect your packages! In this post, we’ll talk about how to protect your packages from theft.
Tools and Tech
First, let’s look at some tools and technology that you can use to secure your packages and discourage thieves from swiping them.
The first tool that you can use to protect your packages from theft are security cameras. Security cameras are highly-visible, and can be pointed directly at your porch or other areas of your home.
If a thief does steal something from your property, the video can be reviewed for evidence. There are so many different types to choose from, and they can help deter thieves from your front porch.
Video doorbells are similar to security cameras, but are lower-profile. These can capture your porch, but don’t have as wide a field of vision as a traditional security camera might.
Installing package lockboxes to your home is another way to protect your package from theft. These lockboxes come in a variety of types.
Some have a slot for easy delivery, but require a key or PIN to retrieve the packages inside. Others have a keypad, where lockbox owners can share the pin with their delivery driver so they can safely deposit the package.
Other ways to protect against package theft
While technology is an interesting and increasingly popular way to avoid package theft, other non-technological options are also viable!
Some other options for protecting your packages include:
- Have your package delivered elsewhere, such as a P.O. Box. Amazon offers the option to pick up packages at Amazon delivery sites, so you can choose the one closest to you rather than leaving it on the porch;
- Request that deliveries have to be signed for, so that someone must be physically receiving the package;
- Use delivery alerts. Some delivery tracking also allows you to subscribe to SMS or email updates. This will let you get the most up-to-date data about where your package is.
- Ask for plain packaging. Some businesses will allow you to ask for plain, nondescript packaging.
While we love a good custom package, nondescript or hidden packaging is a great option for security. Customized packaging doesn’t need to be flashy to represent your brand.
We created the packaging above as examples of simple custom packaging designs. They’re simple, effective, and protect the items you ordered, while not being too flashy.
However, if you use nondescript packaging and still want that extra wow factor, you can focus on making the interior colourful and playful!
Interested in creating something similar for your business? Contact us to learn more! Whether you have your own design or need a helping hand, we’re with you every step of the way!