There are many conveniences to shopping online such as the availability of items often not found in stores, time saved from perusing store aisles and even special pricing. However, as most internet shoppers have learned, online shopping has its pitfalls, usually pertaining to package delivery.
This holiday season, and all year, there are things you can do to ease some of the pain points of package delivery. Here are some of our top tips to receiving your gifts and food deliveries safely:
Post home security system signs and decals. Homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be burglarized.1 If you can’t afford an upscale home monitoring system with surveillance cameras, the mere presence of home security signs can greatly decrease the chance of your home being broken into, or packages being taken from your doorstep.
Post signs such as:
- Home surveillance camera signs
- Home security system signs
Convenience and Privacy Tips:
Let your delivery drivers know where to place packages and make it harder to view deliveries from the street. You can create blockades with planters, benches, hedges and more that will keep your deliveries hidden from view.
Delivery drivers are often glad to help keep your packages discrete. You can even post a small sign (that is not visible from the street) that let’s them know where to leave your packages, food deliveries and more. With the increased popularity of food deliveries as well, small signs can help drivers know where to place your items to protect them from theft, insects and weather.
Packaging and Delivery Tips:
If the tips listed above do not ease your concerns, there are other things you can do to protect your gifts and deliveries, such as:
- Have packages shipped to your workplace instead
- Require a signature for receiving a package
- Have your gift(s) shipped to a nearby store (this option is also often free of charge)
- When possible, ask for discrete packaging that disguises what’s inside the parcel
Other Tips for Receiving Packages:
Food delivery apps and grocery apps are very convenient and can save you a lot of time, however these services also enlist the help of new or inexperienced employees. Most customers have experienced the frustration of having food delivered to the wrong address. There are things you can do to help delivery workers find you!
- Make sure your house number is easy to read, both on your mailbox and your front door. Freshen up the paint on your house number, or update numbers that have rusted or faded on your mail box
- Keep your entryway well lit
- Keep plants and shrubs trimmed back to avoid blocking your address
- Post signs that make it clear where to leave your items
- Post signs that show gratitude to busy delivery workers!
Do your part to increase safety and convenience for yourself and for postal workers and delivery workers. Find small signs and other ways to communicate effectively!
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