How to Protect Your Online Purchases and Deliveries
When you make purchases online, you probably worry about their safety. After all, if the postal worker leaves the package on your front porch, you have to hope it’s still there when you arrive home.
In addition, shipping insurance doesn’t usually cover theft once the package has been delivered. So, if it’s stolen, you’re pretty much out of luck.
The good news is that there are a few ways to make sure no one steals your package while you’re out at work, school, or wherever else you happen to be.
To help you protect your important deliveries:
-Have them delivered to where you work
-Require a delivery signature
-Get a PO Box
-Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out
Have Them Delivered to Your Workplace
You may not realize it, but many professional workplaces allow you to receive personal packages. This mostly applies to office jobs, which usually receive a number of packages throughout the day anyway. When you have a package delivered to your workplace, you can usually keep it at your desk. Then, simply take it home with you when you’re done working.
Of course, you’ll have to make sure your workplace is okay with receiving personal packages for you. Additionally, remember that you’ll bring your packages home with you. Thus, if you take the bus or ride your bike, you might want to limit the type of packages you receive at work. Even with these limitations, though, if you work at an office job, this can be a good way to reduce the likelihood of someone stealing your packages.
Require a Signature When Possible
If a package is especially valuable, opt for a delivery method that requires a signature at delivery. Essentially, this means that if there isn’t an adult at home, the delivery person can’t leave the package at the front door. Instead, he or she must attempt to deliver it again the next day.
Not all sellers offer the option to send with a signature required, though. Some online sellers will only provide additional tracking or insurance, especially if the products they sell aren’t extremely valuable. Signature required is also more expensive, which means you could end up paying more for shipping.
Another downside is that, eventually, you’ll have to be home to accept the package, or arrange for another adult to sign for it on your behalf. If you work a regular work week, then you might be relegated to picking up your package at a depot on a Saturday, or take time off to go get the package.
Sign up for a PO Box
When you have a PO Box, the location holds all mail delivered to that box until you come to pick it up. It can be a very useful option for people who want to keep packages as safe as possible. When you sign up for a PO Box, you receive a key to the locked box, which means you can come whenever it’s open and pick up your mail and packages.
The main drawback to this option is that not all online sellers will ship to a PO Box. There’s also a cost involved (although it’s not overly substantial). If stolen packages are an especially difficult problem in your area, though, it might be a good investment.
Ask a Neighbor to Pick it Up
If you want to have the delivery person deliver your packages to your home, but you don’t want to worry about the potential security concerns, you can ask a neighbor to pick up the delivered packages. Of course, you can’t always trust your neighbors, either. You may just be swapping out one security problem for another. To make sure you choose a neighbor who’ll have your best interests in mind, try looking them up on PeopleFinders.
When you use PeopleFinders, you don’t have to make a personal judgment as to whether your neighbor is trustworthy. Instead, you can try and get the facts about them by performing a criminal records search on that neighbor. If you are able to find those records, they may turn up any criminal history that the neighbor has, including charges for theft or burglary, both of which are big warning signs. Then, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on who to ask for help.
It’s important to keep your deliveries safe. There are a number of ways to ensure your deliveries make it to you safe and sound. Asking a neighbor is a convenient and cost-effective option. Just use PeopleFinders to try and make sure it’s a neighbor you can trust.
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