Help Your Tenants Combat Package Piracy With These 4 Steps

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Help Your Tenants Combat Package Piracy With These 4 Steps

If you’re reading this, you or someone you know has likely experienced package piracy. According to a Security.org survey, about 38% of people have had packages stolen from outside their homes. As online shopping continues to grow at a breakneck pace, this figure will only increase.
 
This is a particular hardship for multifamily properties, which receive about 149 packages per week on average — all from different places and delivery drivers. These deliveries sometimes come from known quantities like the U.S. Postal Service or UPS, but there’s an increasing trend in independently contracted drivers. Ensuring the security of all these packages is a headache that many property managers don’t know how to cure.
 
This dilemma isn’t helped by the Postal Service, either. Mailboxes are already off-limits to other delivery carriers, which makes residents even more susceptible to package theft. And as the service reevaluates its business model, there’s a chance that people with new addresses will no longer receive direct deliveries — they may be required to pick up their mail at central locations. This will only further complicate package management for apartment buildings and other multiunit properties.
 
How to Safeguard Residential Packages
 
In a world where more than half of all purchases happen online, package piracy is an issue that property managers cannot afford to ignore. While it may seem like an insurmountable task at times, it’s far from hopeless. Here are four steps community managers can take to reduce package piracy:
 
1. Create a secure room.
We often think of package lockers as ideal soluti……