7 Smarter Ways To Get Your Packages Delivered To Avoid Theft


As someone who lives in a relatively small town, being able to shop online saves me so much time and energy. Instead of wasting 30 to 45 minutes driving to the nearby towns with more shopping options, I can buy nearly anything online in just a few clicks. But even though I’m an avid online shopper, I also know from personal experience that online shopping has drawbacks of its own. And one of the biggest drawbacks is the rise in package theft.

As online shopping has grown in popularity, so has package theft. According to a recent survey commissioned by Comcast and conducted by Wakefield Research, nearly one in four people report having been a victim of package theft at some point. The number is even higher among Millennials, with one in three reporting having had a package stolen. It’s a real problem, and it only seems to be growing!

But you don’t have to take package theft lying down! In fact, there are several options out there that you can use to keep your packages from getting stolen. And I’ll be sharing 7 of those options with you in today’s blog post! By the end of this post, you’ll have all the information you need outsmart any package thief. :-)

7 Smarter Ways To Get Your Packages Delivered


1. Use An Amazon Locker

If you’re worried about your Amazon package getting swiped off your porch, try Amazon Locker! Amazon Locker units offer secure lockboxes that you can use to receive or return orders. They’re often located in or around department stores, convenience stores, and Whole Foods locations. (More about Locker locations below.)


When you select an Amazon Locker location for delivery, they’ll send you a unique pickup code when it’s time to go collect it. All you have to do is go to the Locker location within the next 3 days, type in the code, and one of the secure lockboxes will pop open and reveal your package! Since you alone know the pickup code, Amazon Locker is an extremely secure delivery method and a great option to use when placing important orders.

Amazon Lockers are currently located in 900 U.S. cities and towns. Search for one near you by logging into Amazon, then clicking Your Account > Your Addresses > New Address. (Look for the section that says “To add an Amazon Pickup Point or Locker, click here.”)


2. Provide Delivery Instructions

Almost every online order form includes an optional field where you can add delivery instructions. Use this box to inform your delivery person of a more secure place to leave your packages. For instance, you might write “leave the box by the shrub under the window,” or “put it behind the planter on the porch.”

A box sitting out in the open on a front porch presents an easy target for package thieves. So having your delivery person leave your package in a less visible place can go a long way toward protecting it from would-be thieves!


3. Get Deliveries Elsewhere

Consider getting your packages delivered to somewhere other than your own house. If you work in an office, ask around to find out if it’s okay to receive personal mail at that address.

Another option is to recruit a trusted neighbor, especially if that neighbor is usually home during the day. Ask them if they’d be willing to accept deliveries for you in exchange for a fee and/or homemade treats!


4. Use An Alternative Mailbox

Both the U.S. Postal Service and UPS offer mailboxes you can rent for a monthly fee. These “alternative mailboxes” are typically very secure, so it can be a great option for package deliveries. However, not all P.O. Boxes can accommodate packages, so make sure to know what your options are before signing up for one.


5. Get Delivery Alerts

Sign up for delivery alerts whenever you can. Amazon will text you alerts when your order is shipped, when it’s out for delivery, and upon delivery. USPS offers a similar service with their Informed Delivery program, and UPS offers UPS My Choice for alerts and additional delivery options. Knowing when to expect your package can help you get it inside in a timely manner!


6. Try Doorman

Doorman is a relatively new service that provides a more flexible option for package delivery. You have your package shipped to Doorman, then schedule your preferred one-hour window for one of their drivers to drop off your package. It currently costs $5 per delivery, or $19/month to subscribe.

Unfortunately, right now Doorman is only operating in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City, but if you happen to live in one of these cities, this could be the answer to your package delivery problems!


7. Check Out Amazon Key

Amazon offers a Key Smart Lock Kit, which includes a smart lock and Cloud Cam for your front door. It has the same advantages of other smart lock systems, including keyless entry, guest access, and motion clips when someone enters or exits the door.

But Amazon Prime member have the added option of using their Key Smart Lock Kit for in-home delivery. The delivery driver will use their scanner to request access to your door, then they’ll place your package inside and re-lock your door. You’ll be able to watch the whole thing live through the Cloud Cam, or you can watch a video clip of the delivery later. You can read more about in-home delivery with Amazon Key here.


What’s your best tip for keeping packages from getting stolen?

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  • Our security camera rings/beeps when anyone approaches the front door, so even if the delivery person doesn’t ring our doorbell (they usually do), we are alerted that the package has been delivered. If, by some chance, our packages were pirated, we’d have a video of that, too. One time a conscientious delivery person hid our package behind a large wooden saguaro cactus and if we hadn’t had the camera, we wouldn’t have found it — it was very carefully concealed.

  • I have given instructions for delivery right in my address. They still leave it on the steps right out front. I have caĺled Amazon’s help desk and they assure me that it will not happen again. Guess what… I was at home and they didn’t even knock just drop package on front steps and left. I heard their cargo doors closing, that is the only reason I knew that they came. Good to know about lockers will have to see if the is one close by me. Thanks

  • I could only laugh when I read Sue W.’s comment on UPS, and I was NOT making fun of what she said, so please do not take it that way. I always have tracking, I went on line and have a request for ALL pkg to be left at the BACK door. I suppose the driver yesterday was having trouble reading, it was a big box, headers for my hubby’s truck, bout $400 worth. Guess where he left it? On the front porch where everyone that drove down our busy road could see it, guess what else, he posted that he left it at the BACK door, needless to say the local UPS office received a call and complaint from me. This was a different guy, I was home but he didn’t know anyone was home, it’s the principle of the thing, they offer these options, you take advantage of the service they offer and sign up for it and then they could care less. I checked the Amazon locker deal but there is nothing close to me, bout a hundred miles. We also have informed delivery with the USPS, at least I know when I don’t get a piece of mail, has been twice in the past month and half that I didn’t get what was supposed to be in my box that day, it arrived the next day so I can only assume it was delivered to the wrong box and they were honest enough to return it back so the carrier could pick it up and deliver it to me.

      • Hi Gail. I am a mail carrier. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to make any deliveries to any back doors.. It is in our union contract as letter carriers for our safety. We cannot be sure which customers have a dog in the yard, or any other dangerous situation we may encounter back there. I am not sure if UPS or Amazon allow their delivery people to go into private property?! Sorry!

      • Sorry Trish, no pun intended, please read again what I said, I was talking about UPS delivery. My Amazon packages either come UPS or through the postal service. UPS has a delivery option as to where you prefer your package to be left, and it states REAR door. My gripe is they offer this service, BUT the delivery persons just ignore it. I wonder Trish if you have a brother, Rickey, his sister is a mail carrier in a neighboring town, Monticello. I go to church with Rickey. May just be a coincidence.

  • I have “informed delivery” service, but most of my mail and packages are not listed in the informed list. It mostly informs about regular mail in envelopes, but not larger ones like padded envelopes and never packages in boxes. I don’t know why the USPS even bothers.

    • I get notified through “informed delivery” of packages that are being delivered by USPS, but obviously not Amazon or other companies that are being delivered by their own drivers/UPS/FedEx, only when it’s being delivered by USPS to my door or left in the lock box where the mail is left.

      • Yes I have “informed delivery” also, mostly images of the letters being delivered, but do get a notification of packages, have to scroll on down through the email notice to find it, always has a tracking number with it, course I always know when a pkg is coming, one can even look back to see when other pkg have been delivered.

  • I live in Australia so we do not have access to some of these things. We have a parcel box under our mailbox . The parcel goes into the slot and then we use a combination lock to get it out. It is get as the slot is large for parcels and for looking in but deep enough you can not get your arm in to get something out.

  • Fortunately, my front porch is large enough for a deck box, so I put “Ring doorbell, deliver to deck box” on the first line of my address, as well as in the delivery instructions. My Ring ddoorbell records the delivery, even if they do actually ring the doorbell. If you don’t have room for a deck box, use a new trash can.

  • Hi Jillee,
    I noticed the picture at your front door, the welcome mat is perfectly centered. I believe any door mat should be placed to the side where the door opens this way you step on it when you enter or exiting the door with out trying.
    Kevin Johnson

  • when I delivered mail( back in the day!!) We didn’t have online shopping but I had one genius customer who ordered from catalogs alot! She had a car next to her driveway, unlocked, -she asked me to leave the packages in her car-snd lock the door! -simple and effective!!

    • If the delivery person would at least knock on the door, it would help. I’m home all day and can’t tell you how many times a package has come and not been discovered until later.

      • Use UPS my choice or USPS informed delivery and that solves most of your silent delivery problems. I also talk to the UPS driver. You could ask your driver to knock or ring doorbell.

      • I too signed up for USPS informed delivery. Not only does it tell me about my packages but also what pieces of mail are “supposed” to end up in my mail box. If I don’t end up getting mail, I can simply log on and choose “did not receive”. This is supposed to put in a support ticket so they can figure it out.

      • I am usually home and have to tape a note to “knock on the door” where I know the delivery person will see it. And no, not on the door. That didn’t work. I tape it on the wall above a flowering plant near the door that is most likely the first thing to catch their eye.

        I also added more flowering plants near the door to block the view from the street.

      • I am a delivery person. Unfortunately, we cannot please everyone. I have many customers ask me not to knock/ ring due to their sleeping babies, or if they work nights and sleep during the day. Maybe try to catch your delivery person and let them know your preference?

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