On the heels of a record-breaking Amazon Prime Day, packages are starting to arrive and "porch pirates" are on the prowl.
Thieves often target homes in South Florida, especially during the holiday season.
Law enforcement however says "Amazon Prime Day" is worse because packages are arriving all at once, not over a span of a few weeks.
Police suggest while you wait for your delivery, you should speak with a neighbor and ask them to watch out for delivery trucks. If they see a package arrive, ask them to hold onto it until you get home.
Tracking packages using a delivery app allows you to reschedule deliveries if needed.
Use the sites below to track and manage your orders:
- FEDEX -- https://www.fedex.com/apps/fdmenrollment/?locale=en_US
- UPS -- https://www.ups.com/assets/resources/media/en_US/value-added_pricing_retail.pdf (on page 3)
- USPS -- https://www.usps.com/manage/package-intercept.htm
To help prevent thefts, you can require a signature for delivery, have your packages delivered to work or buy security cameras to catch the criminals if they strike.
USPS also provides "Package Intercept," a service that redirects a domestic shipment that hasn't been delivered or released for delivery. This is available for packages, letters and flats with a tracking or extra services barcode and all mail classes, except standard mail and periodicals.