Shopping on Amazon Prime Day? Here are 5 tips to avoid package theft.
22 Jun 2021
If you’re taking advantage of deals for Amazon Prime Day, whether from Amazon itself or the many retailers who are offering new sales, make sure your packages actually get into your hands.
Security experts say they anticipate there will be a rise in package thefts in the days following the sales as those identifiable Amazon boxes, and others, land on doorsteps across the country.
Indeed, some 1.7 million packages are lost or stolen every day in this country, according to data analysis by a Rensselaer Polytechnic professor for The New York Times.
But there are steps you can take to increase the chances that your packages won’t vanish.
- Schedule your delivery.
You don’t have to accept Amazon’s anticipated delivery date. Instead, if you know you won’t be home at the time of delivery, you can change it to another day when you will be home.
- Change your delivery location.
If you’re concerned about package theft, change the address you want your stuff sent to, such as to your workplace or to a friend who would be home all day.
- Try an Amazon Hub Locker or Hub Counter
Another option is to have the package sent to a Hub Locker or Hub Counter, which are secure dropoff points where you can go pick up your package at a later time. You can search for one near you here.
- Get a delivery alert
Amazon and other retailers offer the option of delivery alerts, where you will get a text or an email letting you know a package has arrived. This will tell you right away that there’s a box at your doorstep, so you can collect it — or ask a friend to — to ensure it’s not stolen.
- More delivery alerts
The United States Postal Service offers a service called Informed Delivery, and it will send you a daily email with images of the mail that will be delivered that day as well as notifications if any packages will be coming. Other services, such as Fedex, offer delivery alerts. Create an account and sign up so you will know when your packages arrive.