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Tips to help prevent doorstep package theft

Article Published 12/15/2015

According to www.consumerreports.org, there are ways to better protect yourself from doorstep package theft.
For example:
-You can authorize the U.S. Postal Service to have specific deliveries at a side or back door, on the porch, in a garage, or even with a nearby neighbor. Packages can also be held at a local post office.
-UPS and FedEx both offer options for customizing delivery times and addresses, sometimes for an extra fee. Packages can also be held by FedEx. UPS offers a “My Choice” Service, which advises you of delivery times. Packages may also be rerouted to another address, or at a later date.
-You can also require a signature for package deliveries and checking if theft insurance is available is another wise option.
-You can have a neighbor watch for a package, if you need to leave home.
-For on-line purchases, choose a specific delivery option, if available; or have the item sent to their local store for pickup.
-Some neighborhoods are also leaving empty dummy packages on their doorsteps in an effort to make thieves realize it is not a crime worth their effort.