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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Pennsylvania State Police Community Awareness

Recommendations to Avoid Porch Thefts
Remember, you have options to help protect your purchases and deliveries. Before you click ship and send online
deliveries straight to your home, think about when the package will be delivered and where you will be at the time. You
should also consider how long the package will sit outside in plain sight; whether neighbors will be home at the time of
delivery; and whether there is an alternate location that is safe for you to receive your package. Below are some
recommendations to help avoid your packages from being stolen by an opportunistic thief. 4,5
• Consider the use of Smart Package Lockers (if available)
• Have your packages delivered to your workplace (if permitted)
• Install a smart security camera at your front door
• Require a signature upon delivery
• Ask for a tracking number so you can re-route or re-schedule a delivery
• Require a vacation package hold
• Have packages delivered to a local UPS Store
• Put inside lights and radios on timers to give the appearance someone is home
• Get a package guard for your delivery
o This is a Frisbee size device that is attached to your porch that notifies you when a package is delivered;
the device has an alarm to protect your package until you or someone you know can safely pick up your
• Request the packages be delivered to a retail store for pickup
• If you know the date and approximate time of a package delivery, ask a neighbor to pick it up for you
• Leave a note requesting your delivery be placed at the rear of your residence or at another alternate location
• Call 9-1-1 if you see something strange and report the information to authorities with as much detail as possible
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