This past Monday, December 8th, I became the victim of theft. My local mail carrier delivered a package on my front porch, but I never saw it. Between the time of delivery, to the time my husband arrived home from work, the package had been stolen. Someone was either following the mail truck, or driving around the neighborhood, and snatching up unclaimed packages in broad daylight.
Have you heard about this happening on the news? The news broadcast mentions thieves following delivery tucks and taking the packages left at empty homes. If you think this isn’t happening in your area, it happened to me in the safe community of Dorr, Michigan.
Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim.
- Look at the tracking information for your packages so you know what day to expect them.
- If you are not going to be home on the expected delivery day, ask a close friend or neighbor to stop by the house and pick it up for you.
- Both UPS and FedEx offer free memberships that allow you to receive email or text messages alerting you to tracking activity, reschedule a package delivery date, or reroute the package to a different address. For UPS, visit UPS My Choice®. For FedEx, visit FedEx® Tracking.
- Contact the delivery company (UPS, FedEx, etc) and ask to require a signature to accept the package. That way, if you aren’t home, they will take the package back to a local facility where you can pick it up at your convenience.
- Beware of scams that involve delivery attempt notifications posted on your doors! If there is a note listed with a number to call to verify your identity in order to pick up your package, DON’T CALL! Companies such as UPS and FedEx will not ask for your personal information in order to verify your identity. The same goes for email confirmations.
- You can request your local post office to hold your packages at the post office if you are not home at the time of delivery. Write a note indicating your request and place it in your mailbox for your mail carrier to keep on file.
- If you know that you are frequently away from your home, have packages delivered to your work or an alternate address where you can pick them up at your convenience.
For more safety tips involving safeguarding your home, vehicle, business, and online purchases from theft, read the Property Casualty 360 article, “Tis the season…to be robbed: The 5 most common types of holiday theft.”
About the Author: Amber Whitman is the marketing consultant for the Reno Agency.