Over the holidays, it’s not just the snooping family you need to hide gifts from! Porch pirates are on the prowl and we have to protect our presents from them too. These tips and tricks may help keep your packages safe before you get them inside:
Packaging - Pay attention during checkout because some items aren’t shipped in boxes or padded envelopes and come in original packaging, but some retailers - like Amazon - have options so you can conceal what the item is, discouraging theft.
Monitor Notifications - Sign up for email, text, and app alerts so you know when that package is on its way and you can grab it before anyone else does.
In-store Pick Up - If you’re worried about theft, you can choose in-store pickup at stores including Target, Walmart, and Macy’s.
Alternative Locations - Delivery carriers can also redirect to alternative locations like stores. FedEx packages can be picked up at FedEx locations and stores including Walgreens and Kroger. UPS packages can be sent to The UPS Store, CVS or Michaels. Plus Amazon Lockers are available in 900 cities with locations ranging from 7-Eleven stores to apartment lobbies.
Ship It To Work - Have packages sent to your office if your workplace allows.
Schedule Delivery - FedEx and UPS websites allow you to choose days or time windows that work best for you.
Stay safe and happy shopping!