Online shopping is an increasing trend for holiday shoppers but its ease of use isn't entirely risk-free. Although it's convenient, packages left at your front door is an attractive, easy steal for porch pirates.
A 'porch pirate' is a person who steals packages from a residential front door area or porch. Some thieves follow delivery trucks along the route to snag the item just minutes after drop-off.
This theft is often unreported because the unassuming suspect will deal directly with the company believing the item either wasn't shipping or got lost during delivery.
Canada Post offers "safe drop" delivery to your home provided there is a safe place that's sheltered from weather and can't be seen by passers-by and the parcel doesn't require a signature or additional fees.
A simple video camera that is in view would deter people from targeting your residence. If you are a victim of theft, the video surveillance would be an asset when reporting the crime to police.
While home delivery is the most popular method for its convenience, there are other options for protecting yourself from porch pirates.
Choosing an in-store pickup or at a designated shipping area, like a safe locker, is a secure way to receive your package without worry of being a victim of crime.
Canada Post offers "FlexDelivery" which delivers your purchase to a post office location of your choice. More information can be found on the Canada Post website.
Online Shopping Tips
* Only shop from trusted websites and sources.
* Never give away additional personal information, such as your birthday or SIN. Retailers don't need it for you to make an online purchase.
* Use sites with HTTPS:// in their address bar, not just HTTP://. There should also be a picture of a lock in the task-bar to show the site is secure.
* Create strong passwords that are hard to figure out. Password123 or your birthday aren't going to cut it.
* Don't do holiday shopping from a public computer.
* Check and double check your statements to ensure only your purchases are on it.
* Purchase gift cards directly from the source. Fraudulent cards are sold by scammers every day.
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