Officer Hardy’s “Parcel Pirates” Advice

How to Keep “Parcel Pirates” from Swiping Your Doorstep Packages
Everyone loves shopping online, especially during the holiday season. You can purchase your entire Christmas list from your couch! And who doesn’t love the idea of coming home to a package sitting on their doorstep?
Unfortunately, those doorstep packages are vulnerable to “parcel pirates.” These thieves follow delivery trucks, stealing packages from doorsteps when no one is home.
So how do you protect yourself packages from these parcel pirates?  Here are 3 tips.

 
Consider an alternate destination
When ordering an expensive item online, consider sending the package to your workplace or to a friend, neighbor or family member who can accept deliveries during the day.
Also, carriers like UPS and Fedex give you the option to pick up your package at the nearest office. Inconvenient? Yes. But at least you can relax knowing your gift is safe.
Also, for you Amazon lovers,

 
Tell the delivery person to hide the package
Instead of leaving the package in plain site, give instructions to the delivery carrier to hide the package somewhere inconspicuous, like behind a large plant or in a large pot.
FedEx provides this service as part of their FedEx Delivery Manager®.

 
Watch over the package with a security camera
Many security cameras have built-in motion detectors that will automatically begin recording when it senses movement. And when this happens, you can be notified via text or email.
So when the delivery person drops off your package, you’ll know. That way you can call a neighbor to come pick up the package or go home to get it yourself.
Also, the camera may deter thieves from attempting to steal the package.
Even if the thief steals the package, the camera records it all. That footage can then help the police capture the culprit later on, and you can potentially get your package back.
That’s what happened with this guy, who got caught on camera stealing packages off a woman’s front porch. Thankfully, he was eventually caught and sent to jail.