Recent studies show that 11 million homeowners had packages stolen in the last year and that 74% of those packages were taken during the day while the homeowners were at work.
Last year, package theft was in the local news more than once and thieves were hitting homes in Ascension parish, in and around the New Orleans area, and in Baton Rouge.
Package thieves are opportunistic and have even been known to follow delivery trucks around neighborhoods, picking off packages along the way. The thieves in the Ascension parish incident last January had even rented a U-Haul truck to stash all the packages they were stealing!
With the holidays fast approaching, and Christmas shopping online already underway for many, this is a security issue that everyone needs to keep in mind.
Here are a few ways to keep your packages safe before you can get home and secure them inside.
The U-Haul thieves, who went on to hit a number of parishes before their spree ended, were caught due to video from home surveillance cameras.
Not only can security cameras help catch the bad guys, they can be used to get reimbursed for the packages that were stolen. The carrier will show to the seller that the packages were delivered to your home, but with video proof you can show that they were stolen.
We have security cameras + DVR systems that will allow you to watch live feeds from your phone or record and share video clips.
Smart Security Cameras
Security cameras are great for catching thieves...after the fact. We have security cameras that will - upon detecting motion - immediately send a text to your phone notifying you to view your live video feed.
This allows you to contact the police as the crime is happening, instead of only being able to hand over the footage days later.
You can easily share video clips via message, email, and even social media from the same app that controls your security system.
Another great way to protect your front door area is with a video doorbell.
We offer the Skybell, which includes an integrated camera, motion sensor, digital microphone and speaker. This allows you to not only see who is at your door but to communicate with them - whether you are home or not! You could also use the doorbell speaker to try and thwart a theft in progress by startling the thief.
If you know your visitor, you can then use your Alarm.com app to disarm your system and unlock your door, allowing access to your home.
Don't want to add security cameras or simply prefer to have your Amazon orders not sitting on your doorstep? There's another way!
Amazon Locker is now available at the Whole Foods Markets in Baton Rouge and Mandeville. Your package will be delivered to a designated locker and you have 3 days to pick it up using a unique code Amazon will send to you.
Some neighborhoods have opted to help their neighbors by forming a sort of neighborhood watch for package thieves, or any suspicious vehicles or persons hanging around the neighborhood.
A great place to find like-minded neighbors, and keep up with tips on neighborhood goings-on, is Nextdoor.
Packages Stolen - What's Next?
To report your stolen packages, first contact the authorities. File a report and give them any evidence or information that you have.
Second, contact the carrier who delivered them. Each carrier has different requirements for reporting and what they will cover. Here are links to the main carriers to help you out:
Technology Makes Us More Secure - Not More Vulnerable
Package thieves are likely always going to be a problem, especially as we do more and more of our shopping online.
The technology that helps us do more shopping online can also help you be proactive in protecting your packages.
If you are interested in any of the smart security solutions we've talked about, give us a call at (225) 292-5276, visit our website at alarm.net, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our office - on the corner of Airline Hwy. and Siegen Ln. in Baton Rouge - for a live demonstration.