Although security is often at the forefront of conversations during the holiday season, cybercriminals and real-life thieves don’t just wait for a specific time to take advantage of shoppers. From cybercriminals stealing data to porch thieves, shopping safe is crucial. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping all our MSR residents safe and secure, all year-round.

 

PORCH THEFT

Although we pride ourselves on safe neighborhoods, porch theft can occur anywhere. If you’re ordering online and not home often throughout the day, consider sending your purchases to your workplace or to a friend who you know will be at home.

For expensive items, you can request a signature for delivery. That way, if you’re not home, your delivery service won’t leave your packages on your doorstep for someone to snatch.

Consider anti-theft products. If you’ve had trouble with theft before, consider investing in lockable delivery bags or drop boxes. For continued surveillance and increased security, WiFi-enabled security cameras or motion-sensor lights can be a great option.

 

If you travel often or spend long days at an office, renting a locker or delivery box can be a practical alternative to preventing theft. Many major retailers, such as Amazon, offer delivery hubs with secure lockers. All you have to do is swing by, find your locker, and grab your package. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

ONLINE SHOPPING

When it comes to online shopping, the opportunities are endless. But before you jump on those sales and enter your credit card information, make sure that you have a secure connection. One quick and easy way to do this is to check the URL. Look for “HTTPS” as opposed to “HTTP.” Many times, scammers impersonate real sites in order to steal credit card data. But if there’s an “S,” then you’re good to buy.

Keep an eye on your financials periodically. Log into your accounts and check for any charges that seem suspicious. If you find purchases that you didn’t authorize, reach out to your bank to confirm the charges.

Lastly, remember — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remain cautious and do your research to ensure that you’re buying a legit product.

Stay safe year-round!