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BRIESELANG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: A worker loads a truck with packages at an Amazon packaging center on November 28, 2019 in Brieselang, Germany. Amazon is anticipating a strong holiday season and has hired extra workers at its packaging center across Germany. Meanwhile workers at some of the centers, though not at Brieselang, have announced strikes to further their demands for better pay. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Believe it or not, for many people, it’s already time to start thinking about holiday shopping. There’s no doubt online shopping will once again be big for the holidays this year, which means folks will be getting a lot of packages, and porch pirates will be on the prowl looking for things they can steal.

But while porch pirates can ruin anyone’s holiday season, folks don’t have to just accept being a victim. There are lots of ways to protect your packages from thieves, and there’s still time to take some precautions before someone ruins your holiday.

Ways to protect against Porch Pirates include:

  • Video doorbells – There are tons of video doorbells and outdoor cameras on the market. They can be a big deterrent for porch pirates, and if someone is still brazen enough to snag your items, at least you’ll have video evidence identifying your thief.
  • Allow for in-garage access – Amazon Prime members have the option of Amazon Key In-Garage Delivery, which gives vetted delivery people access to your garage to put deliveries inside and then close it up. Folks will need Chamberlain’s myQ connected smart garages in order for it to work, but if they do, shoppers need to just select “Key Delivery” at checkout, and they’ll get a notification when the delivery has arrived. There’s even an option to watch the delivery as it’s happening.
  • Lock Boxes – If you get a lot of packages, investing in a lockbox for your porch may be the way to go, which allows deliveries to be placed in a secure, locked mailbox, which also keeps them protected from the weather.
  • Get it delivered to another location – If these won’t work for you, the best option is to have it delivered to another location if you are not going to be home. You can get a post office box, or, if your boss is okay with it, have it delivered to the office.

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