TECHNOLOGY

One in four Australians stole packages from their front door


Like every fourth Australian reports that he delivered packages that were stolen on his doorstep, experts reveal the simple measures you can take to frustrate the thieves

  • The theft of parcels is increasing, as every tenth report item is recorded this year
  • A woman was caught by a security camera in Victoria when stealing a package
  • Security companies have shown the most effective ways to secure items

According to a new investigation, one in four Australians stole packages from outside their homes.

Package theft is becoming more common as busy shoppers buy their expensive technology, furniture, and even groceries online.

A quarter of Australians have stolen a package in the past five years, and one in ten has been broken into in the past year alone.

In a recent case, a woman was caught in front of a security camera that was stolen from a house near Melbourne.

The footage shows her walking to the front door before looking around, grabbing the item, and taking off in her car.

Mark Fletcher, executive director of security company Ring, told Daily Mail Australia that people can do a lot to keep their deliveries safe.

The easiest way is to get the items to work, he said.

Alternatively, customers can ensure that a friend or family member can be at home during the day so that the package doesn't stay out long.

Another option is to keep the thieves away with a well-positioned and visible surveillance camera that records evidence when the package is taken.

The footage shows a woman walking to the front door before discovering the picture and taking it off in her car

Two hours north of Melbourne, a porch pirate was recently caught on a house's surveillance camera, showing a woman walking to the front door before she spots the picture and takes it in her car

Mr. Fletcher also said that some modern cameras are equipped with motion sensors and have the ability to detect people near the front door.

The cameras then give homeowners the ability to deter thieves by speaking to them on their phones.

Smart lock systems are another emerging system that companies like Amazon have been offering since 2017 to make delivery easier.

The technology enables people to open their door via their phone so that the deliverer can put parcels in his home.

The study surveyed 1,000 Australians and was carried out by Pureprofile on behalf of Ring.

An effective option to stop the thieves is a well-positioned and visible surveillance camera that records evidence when the package is taken

An effective option to stop the thieves is a well-positioned and visible surveillance camera that records evidence when the package is taken

HOW TO KEEP YOUR PACKAGE SECURE

1. Send it to another location – If possible, have your parcels shipped to a different location rather than home. Send parcels to your work place if permitted, to a parcel locker or to your neighbor's house if they are often at home.

2nd Invest in affordable smart home surveillance cameras – Smart home surveillance cameras are now cheaper than ever.

When you place the smart cameras on the front of your home, they'll send an alarm to your phone immediately when the built-in motion sensors are activated, so you always know when a package is delivered or pirates are lurking on the veranda.

With two-way conversation and live HD video, you can speak to them directly and keep an eye on your parcels all day long.

3rd Invest in smart locks – For parcels that are delivered to your home, you should invest in smart locks that allow you to open a door remotely so that a deliverer can keep a parcel in a secure part of your home that you can use a smart Can coordinate home surveillance camera.

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