Are you tired of having your UPS package stolen or lost from your front door or porch?

Or sick of tedious and lengthy recovering your missing FedEx package?

Or frustrated about dealing with endless and fruitless USPS delivery complaints?

You are not alone.

Nearly one-third of American (shocking) have their packages stolen in 2017, according to a news report from USA TODAY.

How can you avoid your Amazon, UPS, FedEx, USPS or eBay package from being stolen from your front door and prevent package missing?

Fortunately, here are some AMAZING package theft solutions to help prevent your package from being stolen from front door or porch, especially after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Delivered Package Left Unattended on the Front Door

1. Use Smart Package Lockers or Convenience Store

To avoid your Amazon package being stolen from your front porch, use Amazon Locker.

Amazon allows you to pick up your delivery in Amazon Locker in selected locations across the country with a unique code, which you can punch into the machine to retrieve your package. (See how to find an Amazon Locker near you)

Amazon Locker for Package Theft Prevention

Amazon locker will be the safest and convenient place to secure your Amazon package.

If your community doesn’t have an Amazon Locker, and you are a frequent online shopper, use The UPS Store.

The UPS Store Front Door

Or check the availability of lockers in nearby convenience stores, Kiosks or buy your own digital locker like BoxLock to secure your package or share a locker with your neighbors or friends.

2. Have Packages Delivered to Your Workplace/Office

We have heard many people complaining about package thieves or bad neighbors sneaking around the street and looting drop-off deliveries, irresponsible mailman or carriers leaving packages on the front door without even knocking or ringing the door, pre-signing your delivery without your consent, or delaying home delivery by sending notifications too early.

It’s so frustrating.

You should have your package delivered to your office or friends’ houses that you trust and will be there to get your package. It will help stop package theft and missing in the first place.

3. Install Security Cameras to Prevent Package Theft

Security cameras pointing at your front door, hallway or driveway is better than no camera at all.

A security camera will serve as a great deterrent for criminals and it helps to prevent package theft, especially visible HD security camera like RLC-410 bullet security camera on the front door, which captured package theft in broad daylight.

Package Theft

Buy security cameras that are at least 1440p. Optical zoom and high-resolution surveillance cameras make a positive identification when package theft happens, like 5MP Super HD front door security camera Reolink RLC-511.

You might ask some thieves stole the unattended packages even though the surveillance camera is rolling.

So how can we stop them from stealing your package?

A good solution to secure package delivery is buying a front door security camera packed with built-in siren, HD resolution, and motion sensor, like Reolink Argus 2 wire-free security camera.

Front door security cameras help you to remotely view your front porch when you are unavailable to retrieve your package, rerouting, rescheduling or requiring signature delivery without the presence of notices or trusted neighbor.

It also acts as great package theft deterrent too.

Because package thieves will be charged with theft, property crime or other offenses once caught, for example, If a porch poacher steals USPS package, he or she is subject to serious criminal consequences including federal prison time and fines.

4. Get Amazon Key for Your Package Delivery

To secure package delivery, you could try Amazon Key which combines a smart lock and security camera that will allow delivery services to place packages just inside your front door.

Of course, if you are okay with letting strangers into your house.

Or you could have the package delivered into your cars called in-car delivery by using Amazon Key too.

5. Require Signature on Delivery

Many customers grumble about delivery man signing the unauthorized packages and leaving them wide open on the porch or doorstep, making them desirable for package snatcher.

To prevent your package being stolen off the front porch, side door, back porch, or garage area, ask for signature delivery

If your package is delivered by UPS/DHL/FedEx, consult your sender and require delivery confirmation signature.

Sign on a Signature Reader for Delivery

Signature-required delivery should be strictly followed by couriers.

Did you know? If your package that demands delivery by YOUR signature was left unattended, or even worse, lost, because they didn’t follow the protocol, delivery companies are liable to legal actions and you are entitled to a full refund or replacement.

6. Reroute or Reschedule Delivery

If you are not sure whether or not you are home from holiday to receive your package when the delivery truck pulls up to your front door.

You can track shipment information either on package tracking app or order information in advance. Make a phone call to the delivery man or call your neighbors or friends to help receive the package.

Both UPS and FedEx offer web apps to help reroute parcel to another address and reschedule your package delivery at your convenience for a fee, for example, FedEx’s Delivery Manager, and UPS My Choice premium membership for $40 a year.

Reroute Package to Avoid Package Theft

If you are using other delivery services, online shipment tracking information will be available. Notifying the driver in advance online when your package is due is reassuring.

7. Require Vacation Package Hold

Finally going away for holiday, you can place a hold on your package to keep your parcel safe.

Many delivery companies such as USPS and FedEx offer a free service to uphold your package at their terminals or delivery centers for a period of time.

To check FedEx delivery options for free online and free USPS mail holding service here to apply for a package holiday hold online without worrying about lost package or package being stolen off the doorstep.

While UPS will charge $5 for every package rescheduled or delivered to a UPS retail location on UPS My Choice.

8. Insure Your Upcoming Packages

I bet you don’t want to go through all the troubles to get your missing package back after an amazing holiday.

So insuring your precious holiday parcel, for example, Halloween costume, Thanksgiving gifts or Christmas packages in the first place will guarantee you reimbursement if unfortunately your delivery was stolen or lost before you lay your hand on it.

And you can also find out more about what to do if your package was stolen.

  • Barbara Hershberger Warner

    Requesting pre-notification from either fed-x or UPS is pointless since they have started using USPS to deliver their packages…I had a printer stolen last Friday because I was expecting it to deliver to my side door which is behind a 6 ft tall fence with a gate, but instead the package came by the postoffice who did not notify me but simply sat a box with HP printer written all over it, on my front porch. My mail is depositing thru a mail slot…I have no reason to frequent my front porch most days so I had no idea the package had even been delivered. Postmaster confirmed it had but also tells me that side door delivery by the postman is not allowed so once again the thieves of the area will have free pickins on my porch. Since I am slightly handicapped, ordering on line has helped alleviate some painful steps for me but unless all delivery people can be required to notify the receivers of packages, it will just keep happening all over america. I am in the truck driving industry and all deliveries have to be signed for and inspected before the driver can leave the delivery. Why it should be any different for UPS, Fed-x, or USPS drivers is just plain favoritism and should not be allowed. If we all stick together and demand signature delivery for free, we can make them responsible rather than lazy and uncaring!!!

    • Barbara, sorry for your loss. If there is a possibility that you can lodge a complaint against the delivery company or local Postal Inspection Service to help retrieve stolen package. For more info, you can refer to /what-to-do-when-package-stolen-from-porch/.
      It’s frustrating to go through such unfortunate. In order to avoid such incident in the future, we strongly suggest taking necessary precautions, demanding signature-required delivery(not just notification) and having a surveillance camera monitoring your front porch. Home security cameras go a long way in protecting what matters to you.

      • Scotty Morgan

        Barbara I understand you have a disability but let me tell you about me. I am currently 26 years old and most of my life I have had CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth) Syndrome it is a disability that affects the nerves from firing to the brain correctly. Every day that I wake up is a living hell and the pain is so severe that sometimes I want to cry and most of my life I was in a wheelchair do to the pain, but you know what? I don’t sit on the internet and moan and complain about how people are lazy and uncaring because they don’t bow down and kiss my feet because I have a disability. Do you know what I do for a living? I am an IT that has to stand on his legs 24/7 and walks to work. No one is lazy you are

        • jeep

          I work during the time delivery happens. so I agree with Barbara about having the post office following the same rules as FedEx or other mail delivery businesses. Side door delivery would be very nice.
          Comparing your disabilities to someone else’s (‘I’m worse off than you are and I can do it so you must be lazy’) is one of the most idiotic things I’ve ever heard. Way to be a compassionate, empathic, and humble member of society. go you. The fact that you think you can compare your disabilities to others, especially when you don’t even know what those are, is just asinine.

        • Rennelle Mosher

          That was really uncalled for. Happy you have been able to work through your’s, but to think someone is just lazy because they may have a problem with theirs is just not very nice. After all she was the victim here and has a right to complain.

    • Scotty Morgan

      Barbara I understand you have a disability but let me tell you about me. I am currently 26 years old and most of my life I have had CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth) Syndrome it is a disability that affects the nerves from firing to the brain correctly. Every day that I wake up is a living hell and the pain is so severe that sometimes I want to cry and most of my life I was in a wheelchair do to the pain, but you know what? I don’t sit on the internet and moan and complain about how people are lazy and uncaring because they don’t bow down and kiss my feet because I have a disability. Do you know what I do for a living? I am an IT that has to stand on his legs 24/7 and walks to work. The that’s lazy is you

    • StingrayM

      I hate it and very angry when the package is stolen. But sign and deliver DOES NOT work, because I (and so are most people) work during the day. I do not have time to sit at home all day waiting. Thus, the reason why I have to order online all the times, because my time is very limited. I propose that UPS to deliver in the evening when people are home from work.

  • GOBOXGO

    Also GOBOXGO.com prevents package theft by connecting on-line shoppers with stay-at-home poeple!

    Here is a video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN057WhsYTk

  • elimhauser

    Personally, I think self-actuated, sentient, armed is the way to go.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iXww6x33rBw/UyGYCDnBJOI/AAAAAAABOSI/ugeid7wfXWo/s640/971_ed209.jpg

    • Danielle Brantley

      I want one or several! Sign me up.

      • Chris Olufeso

        Is this still a big problem in US?

  • Sneezerdoc

    Seriously if more people started to shoot these thieves – less packages would disappear.

    • Danielle Brantley

      LOL If we shot all thieves you would be dead.

      • Sneezerdoc

        Nope not me

  • StingrayM

    Why can’t the USP deliver in the evening, when most people return home from work? That certainly will prevent all of the package thief. Or even better yet, have autonomous cars deliver package in evening, it calls when arrive, then you the special code when you order to retrieve the package.

    • Danielle Brantley

      You can stop with that request right now. I do not want evening deliveries, however, I’m not opposed to per request options for those that do.

  • Michael

    Thanks for the article.

  • John Stinnett

    #9 Save old Amazon boxes and fill them with dog shit. Eventually they will think twice!

  • Chris Olufeso

    I have a very good solution for this problem

    • tomterif

      Yes, we were “thrilled” to know you “have a very good solution to this problem”, & then proceeded to not mention so much as a whisper about what that actual solution supposedly is.

  • Chris Olufeso

    Is this still a big problem in the US?

    • Olivia

      Hi, Chris, according to the latest statistics, 31% of Americans had experienced package theft while 25.9 million Americans had their packages stolen during the holiday season. So you can see that the package theft is still on the rise and effective measures should be taken to prevent package missing.

  • Donovan McIntosh

    What should I do if someone steals the package containing the security cameras?

  • Bertram Kundert

    One simple way to help with this is to require the delivery person to ring the doorbell or knock loudly. I have had numerous packages delivered while I was in my living room and did not know it till the next morning when I went to get the paper. It would take them two seconds to press the doorbell button. Why such a simple rule is not followed is beyond me. I have seen delivery people many times just run up to a door, drop the box and run off without any effort to alert the people they have a package.

    • Olivia

      Hi, Bertram, thanks for sharing your ideas with us.^_^