I just got engaged (no big), and obviously, I was excited. The ring is GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself, and since I wanted to keep it sparkly, I got a ring cleaner on Amazon. I checked my Slice app obsessively to see when my package would arrive, and the day finally came. At least, that’s what I thought. As soon as I got to my door, I looked for a bulky package – but alas, the only thing I found was a tore open box with nothing inside. What happened? The Package Grinch showed up, that’s what. Turns out, according to CNBC, one in five packages are stolen. Can you believe that?

Anyway, since the holidays are in full swing and we’re all doing a bunch of online shopping (peep our Toy Deal Finder, by the way, and get the best prices for all your gifts), I want to make sure you don’t suffer the same fate. So, what can you do to make sure your stuff arrives safe and sound?

  1. Make sure you have the Slice app so you know exactly when your packages will arrive, and can snag them before a thief gets to them.
  2. Get a smart security system, so you can see exactly what’s happening at your doorstep. Smart = safe.

Now, with so many lists, tips, and tricks, finding the right smart security can seem daunting – but worry not! We’ve done the tedious part and researched the best systems money can buy. Here are our favorite options:


How much is it? $199
What’s the deal? With a tagline like “home security disguised as a doorbell,” this is the best device you can get. When someone presses the doorbell, you’ll get a live feed sent to your phone. Then, you can talk to them with a two-way intercom, and snap a photo or video if you see anything suspicious. It works day and night to keep you safe.


How much is it? $179
What’s the deal? Coming with a two-way intercom like the Skybell, you’ll also get instant alerts when someone approaches the door. Then, if there’s someone there that shouldn’t be (think raccoons, robbers, in-laws), you can scare ‘em off with an alarm. Plus, with different style and size options, it’ll fit anywhere.

See? That was easy! Have you been the victim of a package grinch? We love to hear stories —  shoot us a comment, Facebook post, tweet, snail mail, messenger bird (well, you catch our drift) with your best story.

Happy (safe) shopping!