Amazon has changed the way we buy and receive goods, but unfortunately, it’s also given rise to a new type of thief. Nowadays, packages left on your doorstep are at an increased risk of being damaged or stolen by a suspicious passerby, or what we’ve come to know as a “porch pirate.” Fortunately, there’s now a solution to this problem that ties into something you likely already own and use – your garage door.
Thanks to an exclusive partnership between Amazon and LiftMaster, you can now opt for a special in-garage delivery option to protect your Amazon purchases from pesky porch pirates. This delivery service allows homeowners who have Amazon Prime and a LiftMaster or Chamberlain garage door opener with WiFi/MyQ Connectivity to request their packages be left safely within their garage, instead of in plain sight on their doorstep as with standard delivery procedures.
So, how does this work? You’ll receive a notification when the delivery driver is nearby with your package, and once again when they arrive at your home. The delivery person is not given any special keys or access codes; they’ll be able to use their Amazon scanner to verify that the shipping address matches the address of your home and open the door to safely place your package inside. Once the package has been delivered, the delivery person will close your garage doors, and you’ll receive a final notification that the delivery is complete.
This service is meant to give you peace of mind that your belongings are being taken care of. That’s why you’ll receive notifications each step of the way, including if for any reason your garage door will not close properly upon delivery. In the event of an issue like this, the Amazon support team will be alerted and will make sure that your home has been properly secured.
Are you wondering if your garage door is capable of using this service? The key is WiFi. Check your garage door opener to see if it is a LiftMaster or Chamberlain model that has a “W” in the name. If it does, this means it’s WiFi-enabled and should work. If you have an older model that’s not equipped with Wifi, you can buy a SmartHub Adaptor add-on that will allow your opener to connect to the internet. The SmartHub accessory is pretty universal, making it a great option for openers from many different manufacturers.
Don’t let porch pirates get in the way of your ability to conveniently shop online. Use Amazon and LiftMaster’s in-garage delivery service to secure your deliveries and make the most out of your WiFi-connected garage doors. If you have any questions about how you can enjoy this service, contact us today!