As we approach the busy holiday season, with more people shopping online and having their goods delivered, VPD has teamed up with the Grinch to offer some tips on keeping your parcels safe!
The video is something to behold and can only be described as hilariously strange, but it does offer some useful tips on how to protect your packages.
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Some of the tips that the VPD offers include having your item shipped to other locations instead of your address, especially if you don’t expect to be at home when the item arrives.
Those locations include:
- Your work
- A relative or friend’s house who will be home
- Have it held at the post office for pickup
- Use the ship-to-store option
You can also request that your package has signature confirmation upon delivery. If you can’t be home, have the shipper place your package somewhere out of plain view.
Another way to keep your items safe is to develop a plan with your neighbours and keep an eye out for each other.
But you’re probably here for the hilarious educational VPD video.
Looking to take advantage of #CyberMonday deals to kick off your holiday shopping? Here’s how you can protect your online purchases from the Grinch and keep your parcels out of the hands of opportunistic thieves!
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) November 29, 2021
Porch pirate stats
Daily Hive has reached out to the VPD for stats on porch pirates in the city, but the global comparison website Finder compiled some stats from across Canada in September of this year.
According to Finder, one in four Canadians have been victims of porch pirates. The value of stolen items averages $113.