Have you ever had someone tell you they mailed you a package that you never received? I have. While I’ve suspected that a couple of them just wanted me to think they mailed me something, in a vast majority of cases it’s likely the package was stolen from in front of my door.
Although this happens throughout the course of the year, it occurs most frequently during the holiday season. Thieves know that many packages delivered this time of year are nice gift items, so they pilfer what they can and either use it or sell it.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the chances that you will be the victim of a theft such as this. Here are 10 of them:
- Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
- Request a “Signature Delivery Option.” This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door.
- Request a specific drop-off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages.
- Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up.
- Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door.
- Have your packages delivered to your workplace.
- Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them.
- Ask to have your packages delivered to a retail store so you can pick them up at your convenience.
- Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a watchful eye out for your packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home.
- If your packages do not arrive as scheduled, contact the sender immediately.
Following those steps won’t guarantee that you will not be ripped off during the holidays, but it should be a big help.