Cyber Monday has become almost as popular as Black Friday. Don't you love that we can stay in the comfort of our own homes (preferably with a glass of red wine) and shop for all the best deals?
Apparently, New Jersey really brought the online shopping numbers this week. More online shopping means more unattended packages being delivered to our doorsteps which is low-hanging fruit for porch pirates.
Doorstep theft has risen exponentially over the last few holiday seasons, as well as other scams, and experts are weighing in on how to prevent it.
We’ll Leave The Lights On For Ya
Experts are saying you reduce the likelihood of theft by at least 25% by simply leaving your lights on. Not only are the outside lights shining on the criminal, but it is also a signal that you could very well be home.
Put A Ring On It
Yep, it is time to commit to a Ring doorbell. Authorities say that this invention has been one of the biggest deterrents in doorstep crime. Smile, your on camera!
This next tip is gold…
Get It On Lock
Lots of retailers including Amazon offer lockers where your purchases can be stored. I know you are probably thinking that a locker would only mean another errand to you but let me play devil’s advocate for a minute. It would be way more time-consuming to track a lost package via customer service than it would be to pick it up at your own locker. It’s worth looking into, that’s all I’m saying.
Don’t Do The Crime If You Can’t Do The Time
So what is the punishment if you get caught being a porch pirate? Up to five years in jail. That may or may not be worth it to ya when you find out that my package has Old Spice soap on a rope.
You can read more about it from the original article from NJ News 12 here. These are the most dangerous cities in New Jersey.
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