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Arriving home just to find your long-awaited packages torn open and empty is upsetting. The time to track down a missing package can be monotonous and time-consuming. Everyone has bought into the expediency of online shopping and shipping — and the excitement of receiving that new article of clothing or item to your front porch from the mailman. Unfortunately, in today’s world, any delivered of packages placed or exposed on an open porch all day is at risk for theft.
So how can you stay ahead of would-be package thieves? Here are 3 simple techniques to protect your packages from being stolen.
Pick It Up At Your Post Office
USPS Package Intercept® lets you redirect a domestic shipment that hasn’t been delivered or released for delivery. It’s available for packages, letters, and flats with a tracking or extra services barcode.
You can have it held at a Post Office™ as a Hold For Pickup or sent to a different domestic address. You can even request to have it redirected as Priority Mail® back to the sender’s address.
Deliver To Your Office
If your social or work schedule won’t allow you to be home during the delivery schedule have the package sent to your workplace as an alternative. UPS, USPS, and FedEx all deliver to business addresses during business hours, and unless your office strictly prohibits it, you should be able to receive your packages during business hours in the day time.
Ask Your Neighbor For A Helping Hand
If you’re busy and your schedule won’t permit you to be at home during delivery hours, find somebody who will be and ask them to sign for your package. If you have a nearby neighbor or family member who lives around the corner ask if they would be willing to hold onto your delivery for you.