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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?

How do you manage deliveries made when you’re not home? Have you ever had a package stolen? Share your experience in the comments below!


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4 Comments On "How to Keep Your Holiday Packages Safe From Porch Pirates"
  1. bi|

    It seems like all the options are burdens on the consumer. The vendors (directly like Amazon doing their own delivery and indirectly by using UPS, FedEX, and USPS) have decided that ringing a door bell, getting an answer and a signature isn’t worth the cost. The vendors should own the problem, not the consumer.

    The article quotes the 90,000 packages stolen a day in NYC. It doesn’t mention that there are 1,500,000 packages delivered daily in NYC. I guess the vendors have decided that a 6% loss rate is okay.

    If Amazon, where I spend easily a couple of thousand per year, thinks a lockbox is needed, they an pay to put on at my home.

  2. J|

    I almost lost my four wheel hand grips because a random dude tried to get the package. Good thing my dog barked and we were alarmed of what happened. Better to put a CCTV on your porch so you can record who’s the culprit and apprehend them.

  3. Henry Archer|

    Good Day, Johnny!. It’s a very valuable and helpful guide, I found ever. Cause, I’m a travel blogger. I’ve much deep knowledge about travel tips and tricks and now I’m also passionate to launch my blog.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and wonderful guide.

  4. johnsmith|

    Good sharing, bro keep it up

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