It’s an exciting time of year for brick and mortar retail business.  This is the period that will often define a company’s success for the fiscal calendar and you can be sure there are sales aplenty to raise revenues sky high as possible.

But if you’re like the millions of shoppers that don’t like fighting angry mobs for good deals or camping out in the cold for days to score a bargain, online shopping is the perfect refuge from the discount chasing madness and freezing weather.  Online sales over Thanksgiving and Black Friday alone totaled just under $2 billion and were an increase of 18.9% over the same time last year.

And with the increase in online purchasing over the holidays comes an increase in theft.  Some thieves have taken to following UPS trucks and snatching packages within minutes of delivery, even in broad daylight.  Here’s a few tips to make sure your holiday shopping doesn’t end up in the wrong person’s hands.

  1. Require your packages to be signed for.  Although most delivery people are required to ring or knock on your door, some may skip this step to keep up with the high volume.  
  2. Request tracking numbers and check on them.  Make sure you know what day your package is coming so you can be there or at least know when to expect it.
  3. If you have a particularly expensive or important package, have it held at your local shipping center.  It may be inconvenient but worth it for the peace of mind.
  4. If you have many packages coming in and don’t have the time to be there for all of them, consider installing a security system.  Having a camera placed in a fairly obvious but out of reach spot can be a powerful deterrent.  Petty holiday thieves are looking for low risk high reward opportunities and security systems will change that in your favor.

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The holiday season can be a stressful time as you rush to pick out the perfect gifts for your loved ones.  Don’t let small time criminals ruin your Christmas.

What are you doing to keep your deliveries safe?  Contact us and let us know.  We’d love to hear from you!