As Christmas approaches, our neighborhoods are soon going to be filled with the sounds of delivery trucks dropping off Christmas packages for our relatives and our children. Unfortunately, this also means that package bandits are going to increase their rounds within these neighborhoods. So, how can you protect your belongings from being snatched away by some thief? The following list entails three tips to keeping your packages safe this Christmas.
Don’t Let Packages Sit Outside Too Long
Delivery workers will often attempt to place your packages in a spot where they are the least visible. Of course, this isn’t a long term preventive solution; it simply keeps it safe enough for a few hours. Therefore, we highly recommend signing up for package alerts. This will allow you to be informed when a package has arrived on your doorstep. Ask a neighbor or close relative to keep an eye on your package or take care of your package while you’re at work. Allowing your package to remain outdoors for a prolonged period of time can attract thieves or possibly be damaged by weather conditions such as water or snow.
Ship Packages to the Places That Aren’t Your House
Often times, when we travel by plane to visit our families and friends for Christmas, we run into the problem of not being able to carry all of our gifts. Many of us come to the decision to simply ship them out to our homes. However, this can be very dangerous as you essentially leaving your gifts unattended outside your home for who knows how long. Road conditions, flight cancellations, amongst other things, can really leave you away from your items for far too long. Instead, we recommend shipping your items you’ve bought online somewhere else rather than to your home. Many stores allow you to buy something online from their website and allow you to pick it up at a local location. If you’re buying something from Amazon, you can also ship to an Amazon locker near you, where you can pick it up later. This will allow the packages to arrive and be kept safe within the store until your return.
Protect Your Identity
Protect your identity so no one can obtain your bank information, find your address, or obtain any other personal information. Today thieves are not looking for physical items but your information. Your identity holds way more value to them than a drone or iPad. This is why it’s vital for people to understand the importance of identity protection this holiday season. This means setting up bank alerts on all your credit cards and even going so far as removing any labels on boxes that you will be getting rid of.
Christmas is a great time of year, but some within our society use it to their advantage. Fortunately, we have a plethora of options to keep our belongings as well as our identify safe from criminals. Adhere to the tips listed above, and you’ll no doubt have an amazing Christmas season.
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