Online shopping has made it so convenient to buy any number of things that many of us place our orders and forget about them until the boxes show up at our doorsteps. Oh yeah, it’s that thing I needed!
As nice as it is to get something delivered to your door in a matter of days—if not hours—there will come a time when you won’t be around to receive a package. We all work, go to school, or are otherwise preoccupied during the day. A package sitting in front of a house or inside an apartment building is an easy target for theft.
According to a PCMag survey of 1,500 people, about 25 percent are concerned about having their packages stolen. Security-related devices are the most popular smart home products—28 percent have a security camera, 25 percent have a video doorbell, and 17 percent have a smart lock. Most people are willing to spend an average of $110.86 on home protection gadgets, our survey found.
If you’ve ever had to rush home to bring in a package, perhaps you should consider one of these gadgets or services to help secure those deliveries. Peace of mind can often be worth the price.
Amazon Key for Home, Garage, and Car
If you’re comfortable with a delivery person coming into your home,car, or garage and leaving your delivery inside while you’re away, check out Amazon Key.
For home entry, you’ll need an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and a Key by Amazon-compatible smart lock. Amazon offers several bundles, including the Amazon Key Home Kit, which comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam and a Kwikset Obsidian smart lock. Once enabled, you’ll receive notifications about pending deliveries via the Amazon Key app, and can let the delivery person inside (or lock them out) from your phone.
Garage deliveries are available in select areas and for certain garage door brands; you can check eligibility on Amazon’s website.
In-car deliveries are available for select vehicles; check your eligibility. You park your car within two blocks of the delivery address in a publicly accessible area, and Amazon unlocks and re-locks your car.
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