Do you know what’s scary?The fact that an estimated 23 million Americans have had a package stolen from their front porch or mailbox. It’s true. Just look at your local news station and you’ll see video footage of what’s known as “Porch Pirates” stealing packages from doorsteps across the nation. With 51% of all purchases being conducted online, this problem isn’t going away anytime soon.
Package theft is an especially valid concern for RVers. Whether you’re traveling in an RV for a few days or a few months, it can be stressful to know that you might have a package sitting on your front porch for a long period of time.
Here are the top five scary facts about package theft and how to prevent it:
It happens. A staggering 11 million homeowners have had a package stolen in the last year, according to August Home and a study produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence. In the same report, it was also revealed that 74% of packages are stolen during the day when homeowners are at work and that the average value of stolen packages is $50-100.
Some people go to great lengths to make sure they’re home for their package. According to a 2017 Shorr Packaging Corp. survey, 53% of respondents said they changed their plans so they could be home to get a package despite not having to sign for it and 20% of people will leave from work early if they are expecting a delivery.
Some people avoid online shopping due to fear of package theft: Shorr Packaging’s survey also revealed that 41% of people say they have avoided some purchases online for fear of package theft.
It peaks during holiday season. FedEx and UPS delivered more than 1 billion packages between Black Friday and Christmas Day 2016. Moreover, according to August Home’s survey, 70% of all homeowners expect to receive a package over the holiday season. There’s no denying that the holiday season brings a massive influx in the number of deliveries worldwide.
Neighborhood Watches & video cameras don’t help. While it would be nice to think that having a neighborhood watch and/or video camera on your front porch would deter package theft the sad reality is that this just isn’t the case.
The best way to prevent package theft? Invest in a parcel locker solution. Parcel lockers are electronic smart lockers that accept your deliveries, notify you instantly when your package is delivered, and allow easy self-service pick-up around the clock.
RV storage users at RV Storage Depot can find Parcel Pending electronic storage lockers right on site, making it easy to pick up packages while dropping off the RV.Today’s parcel lockers combine modern software and hardware technologies to enable a smooth package delivery by couriers, who interact with the lockers with their existing handheld devices. When your package is delivered to the appropriate sized locker, a code is automatically emailed and/or texted to you. When you’re ready to pick your package up, simply enter your code into the locker and the correct door opens, allowing you to retrieve your package. It’s simple, safe, and convenient! Package theft can be scary, but rest assured that parcel lockers help to fight off the trend of porch pirates! To get started with this new parcel locker system, visit: https://www.rvstoragedepot.com/parcel-pending/