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‘Tis the Season: Keep Your Packages Safe During the Holidays

Written by Anne Dreshfield

Today is Cyber Monday, and with the United States Postal Service expecting to deliver over 600 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day this year, neighbors everywhere are on high alert to make sure their packages are safe this holiday season.

And with good reason: in a recent survey of neighbors in the United States, we found that forty-two percent of neighbors have experienced a package theft, and nearly half of those neighbors have had multiple packages stolen.

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Unease is on the rise, as well: more than sixty percent of neighbors report that they’ve decided to not have a package delivered to their home in fear of it being stolen. And with the majority of neighbors – seventy-eight percent – reporting that they expect to receive more packages this time of year than any other, keeping valuables safe is top of mind for the holidays.

With sixty-seven percent of neighbors reporting that they would ask a neighbor for help receiving a package if they weren’t home, and a whopping 80 percent saying that they would ask a neighbor for help if they had an easy way to do so, Nextdoor can clearly help. Read on for our tips on how to use technology to keep packages safe this holiday season.

  • Join a virtual neighborhood watch. If you catch a package thief on surveillance video, you can quickly upload the footage to your Nextdoor website to alert your neighbors. During the holiday season when porch pirates strike, neighbors everywhere are using Nextdoor for everything from asking their neighbor to pick up a package for them to warning the community of packages being stolen, with a simple click of the mouse.
  • Install a security camera. Security cameras are proven to deter burglars and help keep your packages safe. Nest Cam Indoor, and the new Nest Cam Outdoor, provide real-time video surveillance of a home and property. Nest Cam Outdoor sends out alerts when there is activity at the door and can talk and listen to anyone nearby from a smartphone, straight to the camera. Neighbors across the country use Nest Cam, as well as the Ring doorbell, to monitor their home while they’re away.
  • Upgrade to concierge shipping services. With services like Shyp and UPS My Choice, there are a growing number of options for advanced tracking and shipping services. These services allow you to easily redirect a package, receive detailed updates on estimated delivery time, and can even send an email or text once your package is delivered.

From all of us at Nextdoor, we hope you have a happy holiday season – and that your packages make it home safely!

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