Theft. It is the last thing you want to be thinking about on a luxury vacation. Unfortunately, without the right precautions you can set yourself up as a target for package theft. Shockingly, cities such as Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are hotspots for package theft, according to a report from Shorr Packaging Corp. And data reported by USA Today cites that 30 percent of Americans have had a package stolen or know someone who has had a package stolen.
Luckily, there are precautions you can take to keep your deliveries out of the hands of would-be thieves. Here are a few ways to keep your packages and deliveries to your doorstep safe while you are away. Now you can focus on taking in an island sunset from a beautiful beachfront shoreline or cozy up to the fireplace in a charming mountain cabin without worry.
Technology today has given us access to almost everything. This includes deliveries and shipping status, too. Retailers and shipping companies alike have employed this innovative technology to consumers benefit. Now all that we have to do is use it. Tracking packages and deliveries is simple. From email notifications and tracking status updates via apps, there are a number of ways to check in on your packages. And, you can even re-route or reschedule package deliveries with ease online. This way no valuable package is left on your entryway doorstep.
There are a number of good reasons to consider adding a security system to your home. Not only can a security monitoring system keep your family and your home safe, it can deter would-be package thieves or burglars from making your home a target. In fact, homes that have no security system installed are 300 percent more likely to be burglarized than homes with security monitoring cameras in place, according to crime data from the FBI. Keep your home and the packages delivered there safe with the addition of a home security system. Today’s systems are more advanced, and more sleek and stylish than ever before. Models come equipped with savvy features like night vision and video. Plus, many popular security monitoring systems can be controlled directly from your smartphone. So you can keep an eye on your porch and home no matter where your travels take you.
In addition to package delivery monitoring and home surveillance, the addition of parcel boxes can play a big role in keeping your deliveries secure. Adding a parcel box to your doorstep is one of the most effective ways to keep your valuable packages from ending up stolen. These lockable boxes are available in a range of styles that offer no shortage of curb appeal. And many styles have advanced locking systems, such as a three-point lock system with two keys, and are made out of tough theft-proof materials like cast aluminum and galvanized steel.
From installing parcel boxes and home security systems to package tracking, make sure that you take precautions to keep your deliveries safe while you are away. Theft is the last thing that you want to be thinking about on vacation.