2/22/2016

Protect your Parcels from Doorstep Thieves




It’s nearly payday! And time to treat yourself to that little black dress or perhaps those corset heels that have been calling out your name. You’ve trawled the internet and, after some ‘umming and ahhing’ over the options, you’ve finally made a decision.. But what if your parcel fails to arrive?

Amazon alone delivers over 70million packages a year in the UK*, so it’s no wonder that some opportunist thieves take advantage of unattended packages left in garages or front porches. Others follow delivery vans around and when a package gets dropped off, they swoop in a few minutes later and swipe it.

So how can you help prevent parcel snatching?

* Opt for the delivery option that requires your signature, so you know your goods are in safe hands. It’s worth paying that little bit extra for the peace of mind it provides.

* If you can’t be home to receive the parcel, arrange for the package to be dropped off at a local post office.

* If a package needs to be delivered while your away, consider sending it to a friends or relative’s house instead.

* Use a delivery company that will alert you with a text or e-mail when the delivery takes place.

* Invest in a CCTV system. Burglars are VERY camera shy and will often avoid a property with a camera and opt for an easier target.

* If you’re going away on holiday, take advantage of the Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ scheme. Their team will hold onto your letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them once you’re safely home again.


Follow these top tips to make sure your purchases are protected and don’t end up in the wrong hands! For more home security advice and information, check out Yale’s website.


*The Guardian

13 comments:

  1. Great tips - I didnt know about the keepsafe scheme!

    Ashleigh

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  2. We had one out of 3 parcels that were left taken last week, it's such a horrible feeling. Fab recommendations. Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Awesome tips I was not aware of Royal keepsake scheme.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these helpful ideas

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  5. I didn't know about Royal Mail's Keepsafe scheme but it is some couriers who are more of a concern. I've had neighbours sign for my parcels - allegedly - who I've never heard of and who have never handed over the parcel.

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  6. Thanks I didn't know about the keepsake scheme either going to use

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  7. Good tips - there's some nasty people in the world! I believe in karma though!

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  8. I had no idea about the keepsafe scheme. I once had my daughter's car seat delivered whilst I was out. They left it in the middle of my front door step. I rang the company to say I wasn't happy that it was left on the front door step. As I mentioned a 'safe place' round the back they could leave it. I was then told apparently I signed for it. I believe karma will come around though.

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  9. I have had several parcels supposedly delivered to me, but which have either disappeared or never been delivered. Just today I had another copy of a book delivered, which went missing in January. I always suspected my neighbours, I had not realised that there are people who actually follow delivery vans. I am at home all day, but I think that the delivery people are under such time pressures that they just dump the parcel and drive off without ringing the bell.

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  10. I'd never considered people could be following the delivery drivers, what a sad world.

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  11. Didnt even know Royal Mail had a keepsafe option !! I love the camera idea though :)

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