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The Top 5 Products to Help Prevent Package Theft

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Apr 16, 2020
1 min read
According to PackagingStrategies.com, 36% of Americans “have reported having a package stolen at least once.” If, unfortunately, you find yourself in this situation, here are some steps you can take and products that can help prevent package theft.

Inc.com writes that “the majority (74%) of packages are stolen during the day when homeowners are out.” This statistic should come as no surprise, but it is very frustrating to expect your package to arrive only to be disappointed when you’re left waiting and wondering if something suspicious has happened. Good news, there are security products that you can use to help protect yourself from package theft – we share our top recommendations below.

Take Proactive Steps to Prevent Package Theft

  1. Leave a note for your carrier to place the package in a designated location
  2. If you don’t have a security camera or video doorbell, we highly recommend purchasing one with activity notifications (or choosing a home security provider and getting a security camera)
  3. Set your package up to be delivered somewhere else like your local postal office, FedEx/UPS office, or Amazon Locker location

5 Recommended Products to Help Prevent Package Theft

  • Best Audio Functionality

    Nest Hello Video Doorbell

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    The Nest Hello is a wifi-enabled video doorbell that allows you to see and speak to visitors using your smartphone and the doorbell’s built-in microphone and speaker. You’ll be able to generate pre-recorded messages to share with visitors when you’re unable to answer the door and use two-way audio to welcome your family home when you’re on the go using the Nest mobile app. The Nest Hello video doorbell even includes Familiar Face recognition when the doorbell detects familiar friends.

    Stand-out features include

    • Includes a 4:3 HD video view for a clear view of who’s at your door
    • Send pre-recorded responses if you’re unavailable
    • Uses motion and sound detection to spot visitors
  • Best for Artificial Intelligence Features

    Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

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    Our take

    The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is a weatherproof and tamper-resistant outdoor camera with a 130-degree field of view. You’ll get instant alerts if your camera spots someone, and with Nest’s mobile app, you can view a three-hour snapshot history.

    Stand-out features include

    • Outdoor Camera
    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • Supersight
    • Person Alerts
    • Familiar Face Alerts (with Nest Aware)
  • Best for a Home Security System

    SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

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    The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is one of the more affordable video doorbell options. It can be used as a standalone doorbell camera or with the SimpliSafe home security solution. Here’s a breakdown of SimpliSafe’s Video Doorbell Pro features:

    • 1080 HD resolution
    • Two-way audio
    • Motion-triggered mobile alerts
    • Dual-sensor for people detection 
    • Digital pan and zoom 

    The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro requires a wired doorbell set up and wifi connection. If you’re not satisfied, SimpliSafe offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.

    More from SimpliSafe 

    Stand-out features include

    • Dual sensor to detect people and reduce false alerts
    • Two-way audio using the SimpliSafe mobile app
    • Works as a standalone doorbell camera or as part of the SimpliSafe system
  • Best Smart Home Security Camera

    Ring Spotlight Camera

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    Our take

    The Ring Spotlight outdoor surveillance camera uses a 1080p HD video for crystal clear live footage. The battery-powered camera is $199.99 and only takes 5-10 minutes to install. With the Ring mobile app, you’ll be able to use your mobile device to trigger the camera’s siren when you detect suspicious activity outside your home. You’ll also receive instant mobile alerts to your smartphone when motion is detected.

    Stand-out features include

    • Includes night vision for crystal clear camera footage in the dark
    • Pairs with Amazon Alexa for hands-free camera control
    • Two-way audio to clearly speak to guests
    • Weatherproof outdoor security camera

If you’d like to learn more, we share additional package theft prevention tips and tools here. We hope these tips can help you avoid becoming a victim and know what options you have if in the unfortunate event you suspect a package has been stolen.

Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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