In the thick of the holiday shopping season, thousands of packages are being shipped across the country (and around the world) every day. In other words, it’s a great time to be a porch pirate.
Porch pirates, if you’re not familiar, are people that steal packages off of front stoops, from yards or even from mailboxes. They strike after a package has been delivered to the listed address but before the recipient has retrieved the package. And they’re more successful than you might think. The New York Times reported last week that 90,000 packages disappear each day in New York City alone. So if you don’t have a doorman or a good delivery system already in place, what should you do? How can you keep your holiday gift packages safe from porch pirates? Here are a few tips:
- Install a doorbell cam like this one
- Have packages delivered to your place of work
- Have packages delivered to the post office
- Use an Amazon Locker, UPS Access Point locker or similar
- Track your package (USPS, FedEx and UPS all offer tracking services) and sign up for delivery notifications so that you know where your package is
- Get a Parcel LockBox (see below)
How to beat porch pirates with a Parcel LockBox
The Parcel LockBox by CleverMade ($199.99) is a 31-pound cube of weather-proof steel that you can place outside your home to receive deliveries. It locks securely so that it can only be opened with a key or a four-digit code of your choosing. When you’re expecting a delivery you won’t be home to receive, you simply provide the code to the delivery company (the CleverMade website shows you how) so that the delivery person can open your Parcel LockBox, place the package inside, and close it back up so that it once again locks securely.
Assembly is required (including anchoring the Parcel LockBox to the ground) but is made simpler by the step-by-step instructions (and video) here. The Parcel LockBox fits packages up to 14″ x 14.5″ x 20″ in size.
How do you beat porch pirates?
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