Safe Package Delivery


1. Don’t let your packages sit. Monitor when your packages are expected to arrive. Leaving your packages on your porch or mailbox for an extended period of time is an open invitation to thieves.  This holiday season, the PHPD requests residents to track holiday packages very closely so you and your family are not victimized.

2. Talk to your neighbors.  If you have neighbors who are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date.  More than likely, they will be willing to help.

3. Ship to an alternate address.  Depending on where you work, your company may allow you to ship your packages directly to your place of business.  Check with your supervisor to see if this is acceptable.  In addition, consider shipping your packages to a friend or relative’s home that is available to accept the package.

4. Ship to the store.  Some retailers allow you to ship to a store near you.  While this isn’t as convenient, it does provide security and helps avoid long lines at the register.  Some stores even offer special parking near the entrance for customers picking up packages.

5. Hi tech solutions.  If you order numerous packages all year round, it may be wise to invest in technology-based solutions.  Examples of this may include mobile apps, security cameras or service such as Package Guard.

6. Install a package lockbox.  If you have deliveries showing up daily you may want to consider installing a lockbox.  These boxed can be bolted to your front porch.  Once installed, share your code with your delivery service and you should be good to go. 

7. Signature on delivery.  Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.

8. Insure your holiday packages. Because package theft increases around the holidays, it may be wise to insure your packages this time of year.  This way, if your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.

9. Ship to your local pack and ship store.  If you have a UPS, Fed Ex or other locally owned packing and shipping store nearby your home or work, consider sending your packages there.