Stop Those Pesky Porch Pirates: How to Beef Up Your Defence Against Package Thieves

Online shopping is a modern marvel, isn’t it? The ease, the convenience, the thrill of anticipation as you await your delivery. But alas, sometimes that excitement is swiftly replaced by disappointment when you find your doorstep bare and your packages pilfered by porch pirates.

The rise of doorstep theft has become a pressing concern, so much so that some US States have enacted laws to combat it. Opportunistic thieves lurk, eyeing unattended deliveries or even brazenly watching drivers and snatching items right after they’re dropped off. In 2023 alone, a staggering one in ten households reported falling victim to this crime, with London emerging as a hotspot for it.

While legislative measures might only be in the works across the pond, fear not! Here in the UK, we’ve got some strategies to outsmart those porch pirates and keep your precious deliveries safe and sound.

  • Parcel Tracking: Leverage the power of parcel tracking. Many courier services offer real-time tracking, allowing you to monitor your package’s journey and even reschedule delivery or choose a safe space if you won’t be home.
  • Lockers: Ever tried a locker? Companies like Amazon and EVRI offer the option to have your package delivered to a secure locker near your home, accessible only via a unique code assigned to you. It’s like having a personal vault for your deliveries.
  • Doorbell Cameras: Doorbell cameras are a game-changer in the battle against porch piracy. Imagine catching those would-be thieves red-handed, all from the comfort of your smartphone. SECOM’s smart video doorbell, for instance, keeps a vigilant eye on your doorstep with its wide field of view and built-in motion detection.
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  • Home Security System: But why stop there? Investing in a comprehensive home security system is a wise move. Studies have shown that visible security measures, like CCTV cameras and motion detectors, act as a powerful deterrent against would-be intruders. Plus, with 24/7 monitoring from our ARC (alarm receiving centre), you can rest easy knowing your home is in good hands, even when you’re not there.
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So, if you’re keen to fortify your fortress against burglars and porch pirates alike, why not reach out to one of our advisors or sign up for our newsletter? With a bit of foresight and the right tools at your disposal, you can safeguard your deliveries and enjoy stress-free online shopping once more.