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How to Defend Doorstep Deliveries from Holiday Grinches

You ordered something online, but you’re not going to be home when it’s delivered. What do you do?

Free holiday shipping is a great perk for shoppers this time of year but, sadly, there are Grinches out there who will steal packages from doorsteps.

Fortunately, there are many options to protect your packages.

  • For starters, sign up for delivery-tracking notifications. That way you’ll know when you need to be home to get your package.
  • If you’re expecting something delivered by UPS, you can go online and designate whether a delivery person can or cannot leave a package without getting your signature.
  • Have the package dropped at your work or at a neighbor’s house.
  • If you ordered from BestBuy.com, you can opt for store pickup, which guarantees you’ll get the product safe and sound.

You can also take advantage of technology to ward off thieves. Smart home devices like the Chamberlain MyQ garage door controller and the August smart lock let you remotely control access to your garage or home.

Security cameras, like Arlo, can alert you and send video of anyone approaching your home, and the Ring Smart Video Doorbell shows you visitors at your door and lets you interact with them through your phone.

Want to learn more? Check out the range of connected home products at BestBuy.com.