Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Christmas: How to Safely Get Packages Delivered to Your Apartment

Along with joy and good cheer, the holiday season isn’t complete without shopping sprees galore. Lucky for gift-givers everywhere, online shopping has never been easier. You can skip the mall madness this year and have presents delivered right to your door. Of course, with an increase in online shopping comes a possible rise in package theft.
 
Whether you’re traveling or staying busy at home for the holidays, here are some tips on getting your presents delivered safely to your home.
 
Hold Your Packages Elsewhere
 
Instead of having your packages pile up by your door or in the mailroom while you’re away, reach out to your property manager and see if they can store your boxes in the apartment’s main building or leasing office. You can even ship your items straight there to make things easier. In addition to talking to your apartment management team, you can also see if your sweet neighbor or local UPS, U.S. Postal Service, or FedEx office will hold onto your packages.
 
Require a signature

Require a Signature
 
If you’re receiving something expensive, you don’t want to take any chances that it will catch someone’s eye. By requiring a signature, the delivery service will only drop it off if you’re there to sign for it. If you’re not home, they’ll leave you a note, and you can either pick it up from the office or schedule a delivery for another time. 
 
Sign Up for Text Alerts
 
While this won’t prevent your boxes from being stolen, tracking your package in real-time will help ensure it’s not sitting out by your door for hours. The shipping company will send you updates so that you can complete those holiday errands with ease.
 
PO Box

Rent a P.O. Box
 
While a P.O. box can’t receive mail from carriers such as UPS or FedEx, it might be worth renting one for your U.S. Postal Service needs. Not only are they securely monitored, they also protect the privacy of your home address, so you don’t have to worry about any visits from the ghost of Christmas past.
 
Ship it to Your Office
 
If you aren’t able to work from home and don’t have flexible hours, consider shipping your packages straight to your office. Just make sure your co-worker doesn’t see your gift for the office-wide secret Santa. 
 
Sign Up for a Program
 
Some services, such as UPS My Choice®, give you more control over your delivery details. The day before the shipment arrives, they’ll notify you of the two-hour delivery window. If you aren’t going to be home, you can quickly reroute your package to a more convenient location or reschedule the delivery. 
 
Key by Amazon and Cloud Cam, a smart lock and camera system, go the extra step by allowing drivers to drop off your packages inside your home. They’ll give you a four-hour delivery window, and once the driver arrives, you’ll receive a notification and can watch the delivery happening live. After knocking, the driver will then send a request to Amazon, which will verify the package belongs to the address and unlock your door. Once they place the box inside, the driver will request to lock your door. You’ll then receive a final notification and video clip of the entire delivery. While this can seem unsettling to some, it ensures your packages stay out of the cold and harm’s way.

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