Packages are stolen from front porches across the U.S. every single day. In many cases, thieves are successful because the homeowner did not take precautions to secure the package. Below are some tips to help you protect any package that a postal worker puts on your front or back porch.
Track Your Orders
Thanks to the Internet, most delivery services now offer a tracking option for your package. If you order items online from sites such as eBay or Amazon, you can request a tracking number or code. You can enter the code on the company’s website to trace the package en route to your house. You may even be able to sign up for email or text notifications.
Schedule the Delivery When You are Home
Many delivery services will give you options for scheduling a package delivery. For instance, if you work all week, you may be able to pay a little extra to have the item sent to your home over the weekend. Other companies offer night deliveries. If your schedule is all over the place, you may even be able to request a specific window of time during which the package will be delivered.
Add a Blink Security Camera to Your Porch
While you may have Blink cameras scattered throughout your home interior, an excellent location to position one is high up above your front door or porch area. Blink cameras are wireless, which means you can place them anywhere you want. You can re-position them as needed. It only takes a few seconds. We offer Blink weatherproof cameras that can withstand rain, wind, extreme temperatures, and sunlight.
Require a Signature on Delivery
If you have a spouse, roommate, or adult child that is at home during the day, then you can ask the delivery service carrier to require a signature before handing off the package. This way there is documentation of both the written transaction and an actual delivery of the item. Since a Blink camera system is installed on your front porch, you can verify via an app on your phone that the postman delivered the box and someone living in your home received it.
Place Blink Stickers and Yard Signs on Your Property
Something that always keeps burglars guessing is security yard signs and security stickers. Place them strategically in areas of your property where someone walking on your property can see them. For example, yard signs should be placed as close to the street as possible, and in more than one location. You can put stickers on windows and glass screen doors.
By employing these strategies, you reduce the risk of someone stealing your packages. Blink offers security solutions for homeowners. Contact us today and let us help you discover how to keep your home safe and secure from criminals.
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