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How to Prevent Porch Theft While Living in an Apartment

Published Sep 7, 2021
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Package theft has quickly become a common issue with nearly 1 and 4 Canadians falling victim to porch pirates. Don’t become a statistic by keeping your deliveries safe with these helpful theft prevention tips.

Always request a signature for deliveries. When shopping online, always review the shipping options. Request a signature for all deliveries so your packages won’t be left without your knowledge. Another option is to include delivery instructions. You can request your delivery be left in a specific area, hidden away from sight, or left with a neighbour in the apartment building. 

Ask your property manager if deliveries can be left at the onsite rental office. If your building has an onsite rental office, ask your property manager if your parcels can be dropped off there. This is an easy option for the courier, and you can rest at ease knowing your parcel is safe indoors.

Add a lockbox outside your apartment. Parcel lockboxes work like a mailbox where items can be put in but cannot be removed without a key. Other package lockboxes can be secured outside and accessed by your courier with a specific code. Your parcel will be safe inside the lockbox until you get home. Remember never to use the same code twice for deliveries.

Use an Amazon Hub Locker. Amazon Hub lockers are secure delivery locations for all Amazon deliveries. These free, self-serve locations allow you to pick up your packages when and where it’s most convenient. Find an Amazon hub locker near you and make sure to select it as your shipping address during checkout. 

Use FlexDelivery from Canada Post. FlexDelivery is a free service provided by Canada Post to prevent porch theft. Sign up for a free account at Canada Post to register your FlexDelivery request. You’ll need a government-issued photo ID to verify your identity and then you can choose a post office location for your deliveries. When shopping online, simply use your FlexDelivery address instead of your usual mailing address.

Our Edmonton, Red Deer, Vegreville, Vermilion, and Wetaskiwin apartments are all in friendly, safe communities; however, it’s still important to take steps to secure all your deliveries.