This story is part of with tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season.
The convenience of online shopping is often accompanied by concerns about package theft, particularly during the holiday season.
"It's a quick theft," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook told CBS subsidiary WTTV. "[What] You will find cars & # 39; s going back and forth on the street, so it's a good time for your neighbors to diligently watch out for strangers in the neighborhood."
Fortunately, the proliferation of smart home devices means that you can now check deliveries without actually being home. Read on to find out which products and services help you to keep a virtual eye on your vacation packages wherever you are.
Connected buzzers work in much the same way as traditional security cameras. The hardwiredhas a high resolution, a live video feed, motion reports and more. Subscribe to the Nest Aware cloud service for access to face recognition. Create a database of familiar faces and receive custom notifications when "Kevin", http://www.cnet.com/ "Ashlee" or another frequent visitor pops up. You can also look back on your video images with Nest Aware to help neighbors and law enforcement officers identify (if necessary) who lagging holiday supplies are.
Battery Security Camera & # 39; s
Consider a battery security camera for a less permanent option. Models such as the weatherproofare resistant to the elements (such as the ), but they are much more mobile. Use one inside to keep an eye on your pet one day and move it outside if you expect parcel delivery another day. And when the battery is almost empty, simply charge it with the included charger from Arlo.
Hybrids of light and security camera & # 39; s
Integrated light camera & # 39; s for porch lighting are an emerging category for smart home security. The Ring Spotlight Cam (photo), theand the all combine smart lighting with smart video surveillance. With each of these devices you can watch a live video feed, receive motion notifications and talk to people via two-way audio intercoms. But you can also program the lighting to switch on and off at set times.
The Spotlight Cam even has a 110 decibel siren, so you can chase someone away when needed.
Parcel delivery to your home
Amazon Prime members still have an option to monitor their packages. Instead of checking traditional outdoor deliveries with outdoor cameras, the Amazon Key service delivers Amazon packages to to your home. This service is available in certain areas in the US. Check this list of cities to see if the key service is available in your town. The Amazon Key In-Home Kit is required to enable the Key service. It contains a Key-enabledindoor security camera and an Amazon-approved external smart lock. With this kit you can receive notifications when a courier arrives and see how they deliver the package at home.
Amazon is not the first company to offer this type of service. The clever locksmith August, whooffers a home delivery service with the name August Access. Walmart also claims to be working on a .
Smart padlocks and package storage
In addition to home cameras and home delivery services, selected companies offer smart locks and storage options for your packages. Such a company is. The product, also called BoxLock, is a smart padlock that works with a related BoxLock app.
This is how it works: a BoxLock delivery partner uses the lock to scan the package bar code. The lock unlocks and they secure your delivery in a storage container (available separately) until you can get home and pick up your package. UPS, FedEx, Amazon Prime and USPS are BoxLock partners.
Amazon also offers a Locker program in selected areas. Of course you have to travel to an Amazon Locker location, but with these kiosks you can pick up Amazon packages according to your own schedule with a six-digit code (instead of worrying about something on your porch).
If none of the above technical options appeal to you, don't worry. You may need a signature for your delivery so that packages are never left out when no one is at home. You can also have your packages sent to your office or anywhere else where you are guaranteed during the day.
Originally published two years ago. Updated with new recommendations.