It is that time of year again, where the holidays are fast approaching and online shopping is ramping up. However, it is also when work schedules are in full swing and no one is home during the day to bring packages that arrive inside. Petty thieves often pick up on this, so we are right around the time of year where reports of stolen packages reach their peak. Is there anything you can do to protect your purchases from these so-called “porch pirates?”
During the holiday season alone, 25.9 million Americans have had a package stolen from their front porch or doorstep. Part of the problem is that it is so hard to guarantee a package is safe once its delivered, because that is when tracking stops. In addition, insurance for a package often ends once it is delivered, as the insurance usually only applies to protecting the package while it is in transit.
In order to try and combat this, many delivery services are trying to create alternatives to traditional delivery methods. UPS, for example, has started the “My Choice” program, which allows customers to view estimated delivery times and change the time to try and fit their schedule better, so that they are more likely to be home when the package arrives. Another program, called “Access Point,” which allows patrons to pick up their packages as a free local public location rather than having it sent to your home. Either way, this problem of “porch pirates” is begging for a solution, so the time is good for a disruption.