Tips to prevent your Christmas from being stolen by thieves

It’s the most wonderful time of year, but even that won’t stop horrible human beings from trying to take advantage of the right people this holiday season. Increasingly, we are seeing incidents of “porch theft” by what are now called “porch hijackers”.

According to New York Post, “a recent investigation found that 210 million packages had disappeared from porches across the United States in the past 12 months. “

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This is a huge problem and during the holidays it seems like these low-lives are looking more than ever to steal your family’s Christmas. This is exactly what happened to us last weekend. We had been shipping Christmas presents and while they were sitting on the porch waiting for us to bring them inside some morons snuck in and stole many presents and other personal items which were mailed ! some items are irreplaceable. It’s a bane all year round but especially during the holidays, but I guess that shouldn’t surprise us.

So let me tell you first if you are a victim of porch hackers contact your online ordering and / or delivery service as they may be able to help you. Here are some tips from CNET which are helpful in combating porch thefts.

  • This one I heard about before I read the CNET article. If you are using courier delivery, ask for the package to be signed, that way if the person isn’t home they won’t leave it unattended on the porch.
  • Install a video doorbell …. brands like Ring, Arlo and Nest sell doorbells that double as home security cameras. These can help monitor who is coming to your door.
  • Invest in a porch safe. With these boxes you give instructions on your online order for opening.
  • Have your packages delivered to a Amazon locker, safe and secure for pickup.

These are just a few tips and we hope they will help you avoid having your Christmas stolen from you. If you have any additional tips, please post them in the comments section below.

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