Shipping safely on the biggest shipping day of the year

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Updated: 12/10/2012 10:15 am Published: 12/08/2012 10:03 pm

Monday is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year and that means Santa’s little helpers who are shipping out their gifts need to protect their gifts.

Justin Kerr says he knows criminals are known to watch for your packages to arrive on your doorstep and be left there if you are not home to take them inside.  It happened to him and his roommate a few years ago.

“They said they shipped it but never showed up, but it probably had,” said Kerr.  “T-Mobile had confirmed it was delivered by whatever system they use to track their packages.”

He waited longer than he should have to call T-Mobile hoping his package was delayed in the mail.

“It’s a little box that perfectly fits a cell phone and the instructions and everybody knows what that looks like,” said Kerr.

A few years later his roommate ordered an iPhone that Apple said they delivered but she never received.  Apple and TMobile both sent them new phones. 

“It never got to our hands- it may have shown up,” said Kerr.  “It makes you up set that things are that vulnerable on your property.”

There are several ways to track your package.  

FedEx has an online tracking system and part of it is more advanced.  You can also ask a shipping company to leave the package at the shipping station so that you can pick it up or request a signature to verify the package was received at delivery. 

Kerr is not discouraged by the mailing system.  He still sends his family living on the east coast presents. 

“I send a lot of boxes out and cross my fingers that they arrive,” said Kerr.  He also purchases the tracking slip if it’s offered.  As far as cell phones though, he drives to the store now to purchase them. 

FedEx said Monday’s shipping day should be ten percent higher than last year’s busiest shipping day.  The company hired 20,000 employees for seasonal positions to help with the strict Christmas delivery date.  

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