It’s that time of year again. Time to order gifts online and (perhaps) have your carefully selected gifts stolen from your front porch or apartment lobby. These thieves have earned the name Package Pirates and home videos show how they openly follow an Amazon or UPS truck as it stops to make deliveries then quickly snatch the boxes in broad daylight.
This past Cyber Monday set a new record for online shopping. That means billions of packages will soon land on doorsteps all around the nation.
Here are some serious ideas about how to fight back:
- If you work in an office, send the package there where it won’t sit out in the cold.
- When ordering packages from Amazon.com, investigate Amazon Locker, outdoor banks of lockers now being installed in more populated areas to deter theft. When your package arrives at the neighborhood locker, you receive an email with the code to open the right door.
- UPS will hold the package for you at their nearest store if requested.
- If you know you’ll be away from home for several days, contact FedEx to ask about a package hold. You can often request a delivery date when you’ll be around.
- Apartment dwellers can ask their complex to install a locker. A company called Parcel Pending puts in lockers in apartment buildings. The company has locations in over 30 states and is growing.
If all else fails, consider what a woman in Albuquerque, New Mexico did. With help from her three cats, she assembled a fake package she left outside her home. The note inside said, “We hope you enjoy these savory snacks.” Her goal in gift wrapping the contents of her litter box is to encourage these package pirates to find another neighborhood for their activities.