With the rise of online retailers like Amazon, more families are doing their shopping from home. Naturally, this means more people are also returning unwanted or damaged merchandise back to retailers, often by leaving packages at the front door for shipping providers.
These days, USPS and all the major shipping companies offer some form of home pick-up service. Just leave your pre-labeled package on the front step, and the post office will come get it.
The convenience is great, but unfortunately this process also creates a serious security risk.
The right way
So, what's the best way to leave your package out front without creating a security risk?
The answer is: don't.
While it may be an inconvenience to take your package directly to a shipping facility, this is absolutely the safest method. No packages on the doorstep. No notes. It's that simple.
If you absolutely must leave a package, schedule the pickup for when you're home. And if you absolutely must be away, then call the shipping provider to arrange for special instructions, such as leaving the package in a lockbox. Another simple solution is having it picked up from wherever you're going, such as your work address.
These simple steps remove the risk of theft and make your home less of a target to burglars.