Security and Safety

5 Ways to Prevent Porch Thefts

By Brian Kendall 3.29.17

In the old days, folks got a kick out of watching their rotating lawn sprinklers and saying “howdy” to whoever passed by. Today, our porches are less often the setting for such simple pleasures. Often, they’re places where opportunistic thieves find packages and other goods to swipe.

According to one 2015 report, 23 million Americans have had their packages stolen from their homes. So how can you protect your packages and possessions? Here are five ways to keep thieves off your porch:

1. Lock Up

It’s easy to forget that you left your bike on the porch after a ride around the neighborhood. Be sure to lock up bikes, scooters, and lawn and sporting equipment — or put it in the garage. And when decorating your lawn, consider putting more sentimental decor closer to your home and farther away from foot traffic to help deter theft.

2. Join Forces

If others in your neighborhood have become victims of porch theft, consider starting a neighborhood watch. But before you go around combing your street for crimes, take a look at this National Crime Prevention Council checklist to make sure you’re going about it the right way.

3. Request an Autograph

A package that’s delivered and left on your front porch is like a welcome mat for would-be thieves. If you’re expecting something of value or importance, ask the sender to require a signature for delivery — an important feature most delivery services offer.

4. Send It to Work

Avoid losing your deliveries to sticky-fingered passersby by having them shipped to your workplace. If your place of work doesn’t allow personal deliveries, consider investing in a P.O. box from your local mail provider or post office.

5. Camera Ready

Smart security cameras can broadcast a live feed of your porch to your device, allowing you to keep an eye out for that package and immediately report any attempted theft. Plus, once unwelcome visitors realize they’re being watched, your smart camera will allow you to watch them walk — or run — away.

Don’t leave your house unprotected. Ask your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent about your options for property insurance, and set up home alarms.

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