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Deterring porch pirates

As the holidays approach, more Canadians shop online. Last year, consumers in Canada planned to spend about 37 percent of their gift budget online, reports Statista, an international market and consumer analysis company. 

With all these added deliveries, it’s also prime time for thieves to steal packages right from your front door. According to, a comparison and information platform, one in four Canadians has had their deliveries stolen. Ten percent of those lost an item worth more than $250.

Fortunately, there are ways you can help protect your shipments. Here are tips to prevent your packages from being stolen.

Basic protection

If you expect to be home when packages arrive, ask the shipper to require a signature when possible.

If you won’t be around:

  • ask the courier to deliver the parcel to a trusted neighbour who can receive it on your behalf
  • opt to pick up your package in-store

If you’re handy, consider repurposing an old chest or dresser into a delivery box for parcels. Place it in an inconspicuous spot on your porch, secure it with a lock and let your courier know how to access it.

front door camera
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Go high-tech

Combat would-be thieves with technology.

  • Install a doorbell camera, which allows you to monitor and record any activity at your door. Some are even accessible directly from a smartphone and allow for two-way talking.
  • Use motion-sensor lights to scare away potential stealers.
  • Set up security cameras to discourage trespassers wary of being recorded.
  • Purchase a package guard or porch pirate bag, which is a reinforced nylon bag that locks to your front door or gate. Instruct the courier to place your package inside and close it using the combination lock.

Earn more

From surveillance cameras and smart lighting to smart locks and doorbells, Staples has the latest tech to help protect your packages. CAA Members earn 3% back in CAA Dollars on select products online.

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