‘Tis the season for Porch Pirates..
What are Porch Pirates?
They are thieves who follow delivery trucks along their route and pounce on a parcel once it’s been dropped off. It’s hard to say exactly how often this happens, but a home security company specializing in video doorbells, suggests 19 per cent of homeowners have had a parcel lifted from their doorstep in the past year, with a spike of thefts during the holiday season.
Ways to you can avoid Porch Pirates…
- Have your parcels delivered to work/friends or family house you know will be home
- Canada Post says you can sign up for “FlexDelivery,” in which a parcel can be dropped off at a post office location of their choice, instead of at their door.
- You can also sign up for signature delivery, where someone in the home must sign for a parcel when it gets dropped off.
- Canada Post can also perform a “safe drop,”meaning employees will drop the parcel off at your door if there’s a safe spot to put it. The employees will also leave a notification slip through letter mail following a safe drop.