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    If you're ordering gifts online, read this!

    It's an article that appeared in my local newspaper today; it's about package thiefs, and how you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

    http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs...121209269/1005

    One of the main points of the article is that if you're ordering something valuable, you should have it shipped by a method that requires a signature be obtained upon delivery. This will prevent a package being left unattended where a thief can nab it.

    Interestingly, the article mentions that Amazon.com only requires a signature on packages valued above $1300.00. (That's a pretty high value! I've never purchased anything that expensive except maybe cars & furniture.)

    In my business, I've always made it a point to require signatures on anything over $150 ($100 if being sent to an apartment) to protect my customers from this sort of thing. Apparently that's not commonly done! But I would rather be safe than sorry. When something goes wrong in shipping the problem always bounces back to the merchant anyway. And none of the carriers (UPS, FedEx, USPS) will help either the shipper or the recipient once a package has been delivered.

    Read, and become a bit wiser!

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    I am SO glad I live in the country, down a 1/2 mile private gravel road, with only a couple close neighbors, horses, cows, pastures and the barn kitties around me! The world seems to become more demented every year.

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    Jan, I have had more packages go missing from my mailbox since I moved to the country than I ever had go missing in the city! Especially when the package has a microchip in it for a computer or cell phone! and every time the carrier has it marked as delivered and nothing can be done about the fact it never reached me. I try to have everything sent to my rural post office to be picked up there. And yes, my closest neighbors are cows and horses. It doesn't seem to matter who delivers the package, chances are electronics will be stolen.

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    I have seen videos on the news of thefts. Mine are sent to the post office.

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    I send everything to my work just cause it easier. But we have had lots of things shipped to the house over the years and no one has ever bothered anything. Guess we've been lucky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I am SO glad I live in the country, down a 1/2 mile private gravel road, with only a couple close neighbors, horses, cows, pastures and the barn kitties around me! The world seems to become more demented every year.

    Jan in VA
    I do really miss our area like that in MT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Jan, I have had more packages go missing from my mailbox since I moved to the country than I ever had go missing in the city! Especially when the package has a microchip in it for a computer or cell phone! and every time the carrier has it marked as delivered and nothing can be done about the fact it never reached me. I try to have everything sent to my rural post office to be picked up there. And yes, my closest neighbors are cows and horses. It doesn't seem to matter who delivers the package, chances are electronics will be stolen.
    If your driveway/lane is less than half a mile, you can request pkgs be brought to your house. Retired USPS

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    We're lucky that our USPS man delivers our mail by coming through our gate onto our property. :-) My Dad worked out a deal years ago (he could charm the birds out of the trees and I miss him) with the mail delivery and it has continued on. No missing packages. My son...not so lucky as he lives in a downtown area, so I have packages sent to dear retired friends who are retired. Then he has to go get them, but at least the goodies are safe. And the friends always get some pecans as a thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I am SO glad I live in the country, down a 1/2 mile private gravel road, with only a couple close neighbors, horses, cows, pastures and the barn kitties around me! The world seems to become more demented every year.

    Jan in VA
    Amen to that. I also live in the country and we also have neighborhood watch. We recently had a neighbor pass away and the his kids rented the place to a bunch of jerks. So far they have stolen from some of our neighbors but not us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caswews View Post
    Sad world we live in, and the times are going to get worse .. Unfortunately with the economy the way it is, and will be with the things coming down the pipeline for us all- Prices of gas, groceries, milk and cotton are only gonna get worse before it gets better.
    If it even does get better.
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    I also live in the country, UPS man comes up our 500 ft driveway. Mailbox is by the street, but anything insured or that needs a signature, I have to go to the PO to get it.

    If you are having packages from a business stolen out of your mailbox, file a claim and make them send a replacement. If they have to do that often enough, maybe they will start shipping with better methods.

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    My UPS guys know me and tend to hide the packages behind bushes If I am gone. He also waits until I wade through the dogs to answer the door. Depends on how pressed for time.
    My USPS guys puts them and a dog biscuit on the porch if I am gone or waits until I open the door to be greeted by my gang of monsters!
    I am in a small town in CT and am lucky enough to have people who care and watch out for others. As I am alone for long periods of time when my DH travels, it is comforting to know someone will notice if there is a problem.

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    thanks for the reminder.

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    ***And none of the carriers (UPS, FedEx, USPS) will help either the shipper or the recipient once a package has been delivered.***

    As a FedEx courier, I have to disagree with this statement. If a package comes up missing after delivery, you can bet my manager and I are investigating it. I have recovered pkgs many times where a neighbor took a pkg in and forgot to tell the recipient. I have also left pkgs hidden at the front door when it turns out that door is rarely used, etc, etc. However, it is that time of year and here in Houston we sometimes have thieves follow us around. You never see them, but they are quick to nab a pkg. So, if you can, pay the extra couple of bucks for required signature or have it sent to your work address if they don't mind. Or, try to have a neighbor watch for it. We also are on guard and I will not leave a pkg if I think there is a problem.

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    TanyaL...If this has happened many times I would advise you to phone the postal inspectors or having anyone sending you a parcel have them sent "signature confirmation" rather than delivery confirmation. That way you have to sign for the package. If your not home, they will notify you to pick up at the post office or call the po to have it redelivered when you know you will be there. Hope this helps a little.
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    Do you know how hard it is to have to run to the Post Office, stand in line to wait for a package that a signature is required when you work all day? Especially this time of year. I have never had a problem with packages left on my front porch. Maybe it is where I live, but running to the Post Office is much more of a hassle then taking the chance of having something happen on the porch. If a store requires a signature when delivered I will not buy from them.
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    My mailman just brings my packages into the house, and usually gets a cookie or a drink. He also happens to be my brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Jan, I have had more packages go missing from my mailbox since I moved to the country than I ever had go missing in the city! Especially when the package has a microchip in it for a computer or cell phone! and every time the carrier has it marked as delivered and nothing can be done about the fact it never reached me. I try to have everything sent to my rural post office to be picked up there. And yes, my closest neighbors are cows and horses. It doesn't seem to matter who delivers the package, chances are electronics will be stolen.
    We are down a bit over a quarter mile lane & our lovely mail lady brings any packages down to us, even if they are small enough to fit in the box at the end of the lane. If no one is home except me she will even bring the larger packages inside for me. I do a lot of online shopping due to poor health & the UPS & FedEx people are also very good about setting the packages inside for me. I appreciate the care & concern they exhibit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis42 View Post
    I do really miss our area like that in MT.
    I do so enjoy living in the country ---- that being said ---- I sure find myself going to the city a lot lately. There is not a lot og stuff to buy if you are really in the country

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