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Back Off, Porch Pirates!

Use your home security system to protect holiday package deliveries from unwanted attention

Back Off, Porch Pirates!
Did you know that one in four homeowners will have a package stolen from their doorstep throughout an average holiday season? And, according to USA Today, 2018 was a banner year for so-called “porch pirates” -- opportunistic thieves who target easy-to-access deliveries. Though it may not seem like it, the 2019 holidays are right around the corner. That means you have to take action now to prevent potential loss. Thankfully, your smart home security system can help you avoid becoming another statistic in Houston, TX. Want to find out how? Keep reading.


Alarming Statistics

According to a 2013 study by UNC Charlotte, 80 percent of thieves look for an alarm system before trying to break into a home. Moreover, 60 percent will look for another target if they find one.

Porch pirates operate differently. They don’t want to break into your home. In fact, they probably didn’t even plan to steal your packages at all. Most package thieves steal because the opportunity presents itself. 

By making sure your security features are visible, you can help prevent crime from coming to your front door. Surveillance cameras, floodlights, and other components will make your home appear less like a target, so you’re less likely to become a victim.

Communication Is Key

When you're preparing to visit family out of state, the US Postal Service suggests you let a trusted neighbor know. They can pick up deliveries and keep an eye on your home while you're gone.

But studies show that most porch pirates don’t wait for an empty house. They can snatch your packages while you’re in the backyard, and you won’t know until it’s too late.

With a video doorbell and electronic entryways, you can take matters into your own hands. Communicate directly with the delivery truck driver as soon as they reach your doorstep. Confirm their identity with HD voice and video, then remotely unlock the door to let them drop off the package inside. When they leave, secure it again with one touch.

Build a System That Works

Finding the right technology to add to your home security system can seem like a daunting process. But when you work with a local professional with 20 years of experience, you know you’re in good hands.

At Echo Workshop, we design and install custom security solutions to fit your needs and lifestyle. We offer the latest technology and can help guide you through the process of building a system that works for your home.

Now is the time to start preparing for the hectic holiday season. Click here or give us a call at (713) 589-9222 today.

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