General Tips

Nov 23, 2020


10 tips: Don't let a Grinch steal your package

Here are tips from law enforcement, the U.S. Postal Service and delivery firms:

  1. Retrieve a package as soon as it arrives. Or avoid delivery by using ship-to-store or curbside pickup.
  2. Use a tracking feature to check online when a package is scheduled to arrive. UPS, for examples, has UPS My Choiceto help track and reroute package deliveries.
  3. Request that your package is sent with the “signature required” feature so it can't be delivered without one.
  4. If you're not going to be home, set up a specific delivery time when you will be. Or have the package sent to a trusted person who will be home.
  5. Choose an alternative pickup location.
  • FedEx has more than 14,000 sites in the U.S. including FedEx Offices, FedEx Ship Centers and retailers including Walgreens, Albertsons, Kroger and Dollar General.
  • UPS Access Point locations for pickups include the UPS Store, Michaels, CVS, Advance Auto Parts and self-service lockers.
  • Amazon uses Amazon Lockers
  • For a fee, USPS offers a "Package Intercept" feature, although not all parcels are eligible.
  1. If you are leaving town, ask for your shipments to be held. USPS’ free, "hold mail"requests must be for at least three days and for a maximum of 30 days. 

Fed Ex accepts vacation holds for up to 14 days; it also will store your delivery for free for up to five days at many locations.

  1. Consider a security camera. Some signal your phone, tablet or personal computer if your doorbell is rung.
  2. Instruct delivery firms where to leave your package so it isn't visible from the street. It could be the side of your house. Or a hiding place.
  3. Get an app. The FedEx mobile app lets package recipients electronically sign for a package, request a vacation hold or choose a holdat one of its locations. Some security cameras let you use an app to watch over your home from your smartphone. UPS lets you track your shipment on its app.
  4. Though not common, leading up to the holidays some law enforcement agencies let local residents have packages weighing less than 50 pounds shipped to their stations for pickup later. The Round Rock (Texas) Police Department is hosting "Operation Front Porch” for the third year through Dec. 18. And in Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has debuted "Operation Pinch-A-Grinch,”which runs through Dec. 21.