‘Tis the season for…package miscreants
Whether you call them miscreants, hooligans, thieves, villains, scoundrels, rapscallions , assholes, or bastards (there are a million adjectives to use) your special Christmas packages are open to being stolen. It is especially prevalent this time of year, simply because everyone is shopping on-line.
And with all of the delivery services available UPS, FedEx, USPS, & many others will be playing Santa Claus for millions of people. FedEx estimates that they will deliver in excess of 315 million packages. And USPS will deliver more than that and FedEx almost as many, nearly a billion packages. That is a lot of packages that could cost thousands. All for the one special person.
Now imagine the look of despair, instead of joy & delight, on the face of your child when on Christmas morning when the special toy they envisioned isn’t under the tree. And it’s all because some rapscallion stole it off of your porch.
Or worse even still, is that a thief breaks your front window and takes them from under the tree. This will generally occur the week immediately prior to Christmas. And why do people do this? It’s usually fairly simple
They are too lazy, not always but generally, to work for what they want. And what they can’t give as a gift they can pawn. And by pawning your gifts, they will have money for cigarettes, booze, drugs, or other such ‘necessities’ of their miserable existence.
So in an effort to alleviate this kind of holiday heart-break for you and loved ones, I have a few tips for you. Hopefully this will allow you to avoid these rapscallions;
- Instead of placing gifts under the tree put them in the closet! Wrap them up and put them in the closet while wrapping and putting ‘fake’ gifts under the tree. Put rocks or other heavier stuff in the boxes so they appear and feel real. Then if a hooligan tries to steal the gifts…
- Have your packages shipped to your work address. This may not be possible, but it never hurts to ask the boss. Just be sure to have a place to put them and take them home every night in case you have a ner’do well at work.
- Ask a friend or relative to either stay at your home while you work or have the packages shipped to their address. If you live in a city alone, then possibly getting a box at the nearest UPS Store or similar place may be of benefit, even just for the couple of months of Christmas. But remember, some items may not arrive until well after Christmas, for whatever reason, so you’ll want to ensure nothing gets sent back by mistake.
- . Possibly a trusted neighbor could sign for your packages instead. But get their permission to ship the packages to their address. Leaving a note for the delivery person isn’t good enough; most are either unwilling or too busy to back up to deliver a package, in addition to thieves putting up false notes.
- Set up a surveillance camera on your front porch. This will show the criminals face and what they did to steal your child’s, or other special someone’s, gift and how lazy they are. Cameras are relatively inexpensive these days so make sure if you utilize this option that you get one that is high definition so facial features can easily be made out. And another place to put a camera is trained on the street, so you can get a description of their vehicle.
- While you don’t necessarily need someone like a Mrs. Kravitz, of the 60’s TV show ‘Bewitched’, have your neighbors be on the lookout for anyone or anything suspicious ‘stalking’ the streets. Strange cars, people (walking the dog or new to the neighborhood), and delivery trucks without any markings of a service, and literally anything out of the ordinary.
- Try to install an alarm sensor that alerts you to someone on the porch. Whether you are at home or not, if it alerts you then you can slip on the camera and see who is there. And if you have a microphone as well, scare them away. There are several of these devices on the market and they allow you to answer the door bell or alarm from anywhere with cell phone coverage.
- Don’t fall into a false sense of security of utilizing the package delivery companies to actually ensure the proper recipient signs for the package. It may not happen, even if the sender paid for the service.
USPS, UPS, FedEx, and others will all take the money for the service for you to sign for a package. But in the end they are within their rights of just leaving it at the front door or on the porch if they can’t get into the building or no one is home to sign for it (and yes despite what they say I’ve experienced this first hand-several times).
- And a last tip; be aware of door-to-door salesmen, they are few and far in between any more. So few people will buy its not profitable for these companies to do this. And we won’t go into the numerous scams that have been perpetrated.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent 32 years in the security field. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many. Here you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.
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