Holiday Shopping Means Greater Risk of Package Theft By Floyd Arthur

Both UPS and Fed Ex offer a number of tips — and some helpful tools – to help consumers discourage “porch pirates” — thieves who follow delivery trucks and steal packages as they are left on customer’s doorsteps. For example, FedEx offers a free service, Delivery Manager, which allows users to customize delivery options.UPS offers a similar option with its free service, UPS My Choice.


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Some choices offered by both services include:
• Have packages delivered to an alternate location. A majority of package thefts happen during the day, when customers are at work or school. If you know you will not be home to accept a delivery, have it sent to your workplace or to an alternate address. Additionally, both UPS and FedEx allow you to have packages held at a local office for pick up.
• Give specific instructions for delivery: Both FedEx and UPS allow customers to give specific instructions to drivers about where to put deliveries, such as at the back door or behind a potted plant.
• Ask the driver to ring the bell: Many delivery drivers do this automatically when leaving a package at your door, but it doesn’t hurt to make a special request.
• Get alerts via email, text or automated voice call:Both UPS and Fed Ex will, upon request, provide advance notice of when your package will arrive and send a notice when it has been delivered to your door.
• Customize delivery time: Both Fed Ex and UPS offer a variety of options for customized delivery. For example, FedEx Delivery Manager allows customers to request a specific delivery date and time or reroute packages in transit for an additional fee (charges vary depending on delivery location and package weight.) Additionally, premium members of UPS My Choice ($40 annual fee) can reroute an unlimited number of packages and request alternate delivery dates at no additional cost. The service also offers two free customized delivery windows each year, and you can add more for just $8 each.
Additionally, video surveillance cameras may help catch porch pirates in the act. In November 2015, Los Angeles law enforcement officers were led to the home of a “porch pirate” who was videotaped stealing packages from a home and loading them into a U-Haul truck. Police tracked the license plate captured on the video and discovered thousands of dollars of stolen items in the thief’s home.

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