How to protect your online orders from being stolen off your porch

Many shoppers are turning to online shopping instead of battling long lines and stampedes in traditional brick and mortar stores. Cyber Monday hit a record high in terms of sales this year and that means hundreds of millions of packages will be delivered now through the end of the year. You can help prevent theft by following a few basic tips. Not only will this prevent would be thieves from running off with your goods, but it will also help keep overall costs down as consumers are the ones who pay for replacements in the end.

Register with FedEx, USPS and UPS

One of the easiest things you can do is create an official account with UPS, USPS and FedEx. It’s totally free and by creating accounts, you can have notifications sent to your email or smartphone letting you know when and where your packages are at all times. You can even have packages kept at distribution centers, retail shops, or redirected to a place of work.

Ask a neighbor for help

If you’re friendly with your neighbors, you can ask them to keep an eye out for your packages. This is especially useful when you travel for the holidays and get gifts sent to your home from loved ones.

Pick up your package in store

Some stores like Target, Walmart and Best Buy offer free shipping to brick and mortar store of your convenience. It’s certainly not as convenient as having your order delivered to your porch, but it will almost guarantee it arrives safely.

Install a video system

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Security cameras are getting cheaper and easier to install by the day. Companies such as Ring, EZVIZ, Nest, and NETGEAR all make great systems that even allow you to talk through a speaker. That way you can capture the would be criminal’s face and possibly license plate number. Considering online ordering will only continue to rise, this is an investment worth making if you can spare the money.

Security cameras are also a great option for knowing who is at your door when someone comes knocking.

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