With so many people taking advantage of on-line shopping and free quick shipping “Porch pirates” are more common than ever. There is a bounty of boxes on doorsteps year-round, especially during the holidays. Thieves are opportunists and they are always on the hunt for easy targets.
Tools and Tech to Protect Your Packages:
These devices and tools that can help keep your deliveries safe. They may even help you catch the culprit in the event of a grab-and-run.
● Outdoor security cameras. For maximum theft deterrence, make sure your outdoor security cameras are highly visible and clearly pointed at the package drop-off area.
● Video doorbells. Video doorbells are lower profile than security cameras, so they aren’t as effective as theft deterrents. However, they have perks that could still make them a good choice for your home, such as motion activation, easy installation, multifunctional features and a unique vantage point that’s more likely to catch a thief’s identity than an overhead camera.
● Package lockboxes. These can be installed near or in conjunction with your mailbox. While even a non-locking parcel box prevents theft by concealing your deliveries from the street, choose a lockable container for maximum security. Some lockbox styles have a slot for easy drop-offs but require a key for retrieval. With boxes that remain locked, USPS will work with you to ensure your delivery person has access. You must also communicate delivery instructions to other carrier drivers.
Crime Watch – Crime Prevention Specialist
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department – North District
605 E Westfield Boulevard, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Office: (317) 327-3781
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