Safety & Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: How To Safeguard Your Home Delivered Purchases

Safeguarding your home-delivered purchases is important to prevent theft or damage to your packages. Here are some measures you can take to protect your deliveries:

  1. Provide delivery instructions: When making a purchase online, consider providing specific delivery instructions. For example, you can request the package to be placed in a discreet location or specify a neighbor who can receive it on your behalf.
  2. Opt for secure delivery options: Choose delivery options that provide enhanced security, such as requiring a signature upon delivery or opting for a secure locker service. Some delivery companies offer options to redirect packages to a nearby pickup location for added security.
  3. Track your packages: Take advantage of package tracking services provided by delivery companies. Regularly monitor the status of your deliveries to be aware of their estimated arrival time. This way, you can be prepared to receive the packages promptly.
  4. Request notifications: Sign up for delivery notifications via email, text messages, or mobile apps. These notifications can keep you informed about the progress of your deliveries and alert you when the package has been delivered.
  5. Secure delivery location: If possible, have packages delivered to a secure location, such as a locked mailbox, a P.O. box, or your workplace. This reduces the chances of packages being left unattended and exposed to potential theft.
  6. Install security cameras: Consider installing security cameras around your property, particularly near the main entrance or areas where packages are typically left. Visible security cameras can act as a deterrent for potential thieves.
  7. Request a delivery time frame: If you have flexibility, some delivery services offer the option to choose a specific delivery time frame. Select a time when you or someone you trust will be available to receive the package.
  8. Request a hold or reschedule delivery: If you're unable to be home for a delivery, check if the delivery service allows you to place a hold on the delivery or reschedule it for a more convenient time when you can be present.
  9. Community and neighbor involvement: Establish good relationships with your neighbors and consider creating a community watch group. Neighbors can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and help retrieve packages if you're away.
  10. Consider package insurance: Some delivery services or online retailers offer package insurance or protection plans that can provide coverage in case of theft or damage to your delivered items. Read the terms and conditions to understand the coverage and any necessary steps for making a claim.

By implementing these measures, you can help ensure the safety of your home-delivered purchases and reduce the risk of theft or damage.