While everyone has had a different experience over the last few months, for a lot of us, our new normal has included a switch to online shopping for almost everything we need. With back to school time almost here, many people are heading online to order back to school laptops, gaming laptops, printers, office furniture, and online school necessities to be shipped to their homes.
Online shopping is a great way to find everything you need for another school year, but how do you keep your packages safe before you bring them into the house? For those who are back at work, a package may wait several hours outside your house until you can bring it in.
Thankfully, there are a few ways you can keep your packages safe and sound until you’re ready to collect them. Here are my top 5 tips to secure your back to school packages.
Be home when your package will arrive
With package tracking, it’s easier than ever for you to know when a large purchase like your back to school laptop, printer, or school supplies will arrive. While there are many tech options for keeping an eye on your packages, one of the best ways to ensure they make it inside safe and sound is to be there when they are delivered. Depending on the carrier you’re using, you can even receive text messages on your smartphone when the delivery is about to arrive at your door.
Danby Parcel Guard keeps an eye on your packages
If you’ve ever had your packages taken from your front step, you’ve probably wished for a camera or a lockbox where you could have all of your boxes, envelopes, and back to school parcels dropped so they would be safe until you get home. That’s why Danby designed the Danby Parcel Guard. Danby Parcel Guard is a camera and a lockbox, all in one.
Danby Parcel Guard has a drop slot, key entry interior compartment, and Wi-Fi built-in, so you can access your packages via the Danby App. You can bolt the Parcel Guard down so thieves don’t have the option to pick it up and walk away with it, and there is a built-in alarm to alert you if someone is trying to tamper with it.
The beauty of Danby Parcel Guard is how it will alert you when a package has been dropped inside. It will also record video and audio when someone triggers motion near it or drops a package inside of it. You can even give friends, family, or your delivery driver a code so they can open the lower compartment and pick up a package.
I’ve reviewed Danby Parcel Guard, and it’s definitely one of the best ways to secure your back to school packages.
Ring Video Doorbell 3 watches over your front door
Having a video doorbell to watch over your entryway and door is a great way to watch over your packages. Not only can you see who delivered your back to school packages and answer the door remotely if they ring the doorbell, but the Ring Video Doorbell 3 also has a wide field of view so you can check in on your package until you get home.
If you have motion notifications set up on your phone, you’ll receive a motion alert if someone shows up on your doorstep after your packages have been delivered. With two-way talk, you can even talk to suspected thieves to deter them from picking up your package and taking off with it.
Arlo Security cameras have package protection built-in
Arlo Wireless Security cameras have been around for a long time. They are amazing all-weather cameras you can place anywhere, they use rechargeable batteries, and they offer you a clear view of your yard in 1080p, 2K, or 4K.
Smart parcel detection is one of the latest additions to the Arlo App. Package detection will let you know that your Arlo has spotted your back to school package being picked up or dropped off, and it will record images of your package until you can get home and bring it into the house.
Protect your back to school tech with a smart alarm
Break-ins have become all too common, and one of the worst things that could happen to anyone is for someone to break into their house after they’ve just welcomed home a new laptop, desktop computer, monitor, or new TV. With a smart alarm monitoring your doors and windows, you’ll never have to worry about someone grabbing your new tech and running off with it. You’ll receive a notification the instant someone tampers with your door or window.
A smart alarm uses sensors on your doors and windows to detect whether glass is breaking or someone has opened the door when they weren’t supposed to. Some smart alarms have sirens built in that will go off if the alarm is triggered, and it’s becoming the norm that your smart alarm is monitored by a company, so they can notify the authorities when they detect foul play.
You may never have a break-in at your home, but with a smart alarm, you’re prepared for the possibility, and you can protect all your possessions from theft.
Get peace of mind while waiting for your back to school packages
Online shopping is an easy, convenient, and fun way to pick up all of your back to school must-haves. Even a large purchase like a laptop is easy to choose online, and if you use my 5 tips for protecting your back to school packages, you won’t need to stress at work or while you’re out if you are waiting for your delivery.
Whether you shop online or in-store, it’s safe to shop at Best Buy. Take a look at all of the precautions put in place to ensure you have a positive and safe shopping experience. If you’re looking for back to school supplies, back to school tech like laptops and printers, and other necessities for online learning and your home office, you’ll find everything you need in Best Buy’s Back to School Hub.