Home delivery alternatives to stop porch pirates

Home delivery alternatives protect your packages

KXAN.com Staff - (WFLA) — It's the time of year when delivery trucks are zooming around neighborhoods delivering holiday packages. Many of the items left on porches and near front doors are valuable gifts.

"We had a UPS product left on our porch, and someone took it. I mean, they came in and that was that," said Dave Kovar.

It happens all too often this time of year. And as we've seen, security cameras often catch the crooks in the act. But, it is still a headache to deal with.

"To me, my concern was that it looked like I was faking it. Like I want another one for free," Kovar explained.

One way to protect yourself is by using an Amazon locker, there are dozens across Central Texas. You can find one near you using the search function on Amazon.com. The lockers require a code to unlock the door, and keep your package safe until you're ready to pick it up.

Other ways to keep the porch pirates away include:

  • Having your package sent to a neighbor or your office.
  • Make a note to have the UPS driver hide them behind a bush or in a side yard.
  • Use a UPS Access Point, similar to an Amazon locker.
  • Request a text or email when your stuff arrives so someone can go pick it up.

If your stuff vanishes, video helps. In fact, a UPS spokesperson said its security team discovered home security cameras are acting as a deterrent.

"People put it on Facebook, ‘Have you ever seen this person? Ya know, stealing the package off my porch?'" Desiree Barrymore said.

A holiday theft can really put a damper on the season. "Oh that's just, it's horrible.It's absolutely horrible," Kovar said.


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