Prevent Package Theft This Holiday Season
Imagine this: You get an alert in your email that a package has been delivered. And yet, you come home to find the front step bare. You do some asking around, and it becomes clear. The package has been stolen.
If this hasn’t happened to you, it could, especially as package theft increases during the holidays. Below are some solutions to help prevent your package from being stolen from your front door, porch or other location this season and all year.
- Use Smart Package Lockers or the UPS Store
Services like Amazon Locker and the UPS Store offer reliable, safe options for receiving packages.
- Install Security Cameras or a Video Doorbell
Pointing security cameras at your front door or driveway or installing a video doorbell will deter criminals from stealing those packages.
- Have Packages Delivered to Your Workplace/Office
One of the best ways to keep packages safe is to have them delivered to your office. You can also ask a friend you trust to receive the package for you.
- Require a Signature on Delivery
By requiring a signature, your package won’t be left unless someone is there to receive and sign for it.
- Insure Your Packages
Most of the major delivery companies offer insurance that guarantees reimbursement for lost or stolen packages.
Gift Card Fraud is on the rise again
Has someone asked you to go get a gift card to pay for something? Lots of people have told us they’ve been asked to pay with gift cards – by a caller claiming to be with the IRS, or tech support, or a so-called family member in need. If you’ve gotten a call like this, you know that the caller will then demand the gift card numbers and PIN. And, poof, your money is gone.
Card Skimmers at the pumps
Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals — like gas pumps — that grab data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe without your knowledge. Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online. You won’t know your information has been stolen until you get your statement or an overdraft notice.
Skimmers are nothing new, but technology has made them smaller and harder to find. Sometimes, they’re even hidden inside a gas pump.