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It’s downright disappointing (not to mention infuriating) to realize that a package you were eagerly awaiting has been swiped by someone other than you. Most companies now give order status updates on everything from purchase confirmations to final arrival at your door — and every step in between.

Although businesses are trying their best to make sure gifts get delivered safely, there are things you can do to make it easier to ensure you receive your goods. Here are four ways to throw off would-be thieves this season.

  1. Install a video surveillance system. Although security cameras and doorbell systems are becoming more common, it may be time to consider installing a reliable camera if you don’t already have one. Not only are doorbell cameras and wi-fi-enabled home security systems a relatively affordable way to monitor activity near your door, but many are self-installed, so you can start using them immediately.
  1. Bring packages inside as soon as possible. Removing temptation is half the battle in staving off would-be thieves. Although you may want to grab a snack and crash on the couch when you get home from work, your priority should be bringing in your boxes. If you’re not at home and there’s someone nearby who can grab your package for you, ask them to do you that favor.
  1. Consider delivery to an alternate address. If you work far from home or are out of town, schedule to have purchases delivered somewhere else.
  1. Adjust your delivery instructions. Switching things up is perhaps one of the best ways to throw off the local porch pirate. If you regularly have boxes placed on your front porch, consider an alternate, more discreet location on your property instead. 

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