November 18, 2019
While the holidays are a wonderful time to spend with your friends, family and loved ones, they’re also a time to be aware of your home and your surroundings. You may spend hours shopping in stores or online trying to pick the perfect gifts, and porch pirates may be eagerly waiting to get their hands on your gifts. According to Insurance Quotes in 2017, 25.9 million Americans have had a package stolen from their porch during the holiday season. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming victim to porch pirates.
After you’ve purchased your items, check your email for status updates. Most delivery services provide tracking details where you can stay up to date. In addition to email alerts, you may also sign up for texts alerts from your delivery provider. The texts will notify you when your package has been delivered to your front door! Once you receive your items, break down and immediately destroy the package and shipping boxes into small pieces. You don’t want to notify any potential thieves of your new belongings.
Smart security cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your home and your packages while you’re away. When you install smart security cameras, you’ll receive notifications on your smartphone with live and saved video streams. Doorbell cameras are another way you can keep an eye on your home, porch, and belongings. If you do install cameras outside of your home, you should also install motion lighting for an additional layer of security.
While you’re out shopping, particularly around the holiday season, your vehicle may be a target for theft. Thieves know that shoppers are out and about, storing their items in their vehicles while they look for gifts. Always store your gifts out of sight and in your trunk and you should also consider installing anti-theft devices in your car. If you do, you may be eligible for a credit on your insurance premium.
After all of the shopping, you’re eager to wrap your presents. Remember to avoid placing gifts in an area that may be visible from the outside of your home. While you may want to display your holiday decorations in a window, think again. A burglar may peer into your window and see your newly wrapped – and potentially expensive – gifts. If you’re traveling for the holidays, ask a trusted friend, family member or neighbor to check in on your house.
Don’t forget — if you’re buying a lot of gifts online, keep an eye out for fraud on your credit cards and potential identity theft.