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Best way to stop package thieves

Best way to stop package thieves
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Cyber Monday is only a week away. What a great way to still get discounts online and avoid the craziness of Black Friday.

Even though it’s a season of giving, it’s also a season of stealing. Once your items arrive at your door, many times, thieves are right around the corner, waiting to grab your package.

Package theft statistics

About 30 percent of Americans say they’ve had a package stolen from outside their home and more than half say they know of someone this has happened to. That’s according to a new Xfinity Home survey, Comcast’s home security service.

In another survey by market research firm Wakefield, of the nearly one-third of shoppers who’ve been victims of package theft, those in the city experienced 42 percent of the thefts compared to 26 percent in the suburbs and 19 percent in rural areas.

A Short Packaging Corp. survey finds that 41 percent don’t shop online since they’re afraid their packages, especially electronics, will get stolen.  

It basically comes down to convenience vs. risk. Unless you’re home all day, waiting for your delivery, there’s always going to be risk involved with online shopping. 

What’s the answer?

Delivery services, home-security providers, and even law enforcement are all looking for ways to reduce package thefts.

Most retailers just automatically re-send the products reported as undelivered without asking a lot of questions.

Amazon just launched Amazon Key this month in an effort to deal with this problem. If you’re a Prime customer, the program lets you install an electronic lock so delivery drivers can open it to put your packages inside. The lock is also tied to a security camera that records footage of the delivery to the customer. 

It’s similar to Walmart’s service the retailer started testing in September where drivers also put groceries away after dropping packages off inside.

If you don’t like the idea of a stranger coming inside your house, Amazon also offers Amazon Lockers where customers can go for pickups. They're basically self-serve delivery kiosks located in more than 2,000 spots across 50 U.S. cities. You can ship an item to an Amazon Locker of your choice and then pick it up at a time that's convenient for you.

UPS and FedEx also have programs that allow you to re-route packages to your office or another site for pickup. You can even have packages delivered to nearby stores. 

Video surveillance

One way to have peace of mind for home deliveries is through home security systems. I use the nest security cameras.  They're really easy to install, work great and give me peace of mind. 

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While police departments are mixed on whether this works, some like to post videos of almost every crime, thinking someone will recognize the person. Other police departments say it’s rare they catch a package thief through video surveillance. Police in one Silicon Valley suburb use bait packages to catch culprits. GPS locators are hidden inside. As soon as the package is removed, the dispatch center gets an alert and officers then track the thief.

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