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The Top 5 Products to Help Prevent Package Theft

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.

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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

  1. Best Audio Functionality
    Nest Hello Video Doorbell

    1. Nest Hello Video Doorbell

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    The Nest Hello is a Wi-Fi-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
  2. Best for Artificial Intelligence Features
    Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

    2. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

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    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)
  3. Best for a Home Security System
    SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

    3. SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

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    With the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, you won’t have to  leave your seat to check the front door. Just open the SimpliSafe mobile app on your phone to see who’s stopping by. You can purchase the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro as a standalone product for $169.99. To access video recording, you can do one of two things: purchase a SimpliSafe security system and choose the Interactive or Pro Superior monitoring plan, or you can purchase a SimpliSafe camera subscription, which costs between $4.99/mo.-$9.99/mo. With either option, you’ll be able to access your recordings for up to 30 days to save, download, and share.  

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video capture for clear footage
    • Two-way audio and video communication for interaction with visitors
    • Motion alerts even if a visitor doesn’t ring the doorbell
  4. Best Smart Home Security Camera
    Ring Spotlight Camera

    4. Ring Spotlight Camera

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    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.


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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.