Best smart devices to protect package deliveries

As deliveries begin to roll in ahead of the holiday season, it’s chief time for porch pirates to swipe unprotected packages from doorsteps. There are a number of strategies to foil their evil plans and bringing a few smart home gadgets into play is high on the list.

Americans are estimated to use $63 billion online for holiday shopping this season. But package theft could cost shoppers and retailers meaningful time and money. However, there are some measures you can take to ensure the safety of your packages. The proliferation of smart home devices method you can monitor deliveries from your phone. Here are three great security devices that will help ensure that your packages get to you.

WHAT Arlo Video Doorbell

THE COST $79 wired, $149 wireless

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Connected buzzers work in much the same way as traditional security cameras. The hardwired Arlo Video Doorbell has high-definition resolution, a live video satisfy, motion alerts and more — for a super reasonable price.

Subscribe to the Arlo Smart cloud service for access to progressive motion alerts that differentiate between people, animals, cars and packages. You can also look back at your video footage with Arlo Smart to help neighbors and law enforcement (if necessary) clarify who snagged your holiday deliveries.

WHAT Arlo Pro 4

THE COST $179.99 and up

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The Arlo Pro 4 is smart and characterize-high, with 2K video resolution, a built-in spotlight for nighttime deterrence, a surprisingly loud siren and all the smarts of the company’s video doorbell. With a subscription, you can look back at recorded events, get alerts and use two-way talk to scare off would-be porch pirates.

WHAT Ring Mailbox Sensor

THE COST $29.99

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Ring’s Mailbox Sensor is a device specifically for tracking when people are opening your mailbox, which makes tracking deliveries a lot easier. But if you have a home security system at home, another easy way of monitoring your mailbox is using a door/window sensor — one of those magnetic gadgets that pings the system when an entryway is opened — inside the door of your box. Either way you do it, you should be able to track the delivery of small parcels — and make sure you know when someone’s opening the mailbox who shouldn’t be.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: editor David Priest, senior write/editor Megan Wollerton and copy editor Jim Hoffman. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

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