While the perks of Amazon Prime are pretty great, if you aren't home to receive your packages and have to worry about them being stolen off your front porch, the perks are inconsequential.
Amazon understands your worries and just introduced a new service called Amazon Key, a smart home device that ensures that your packages will arrive safely. And you get to watch it all happen on your smartphone.
Your courier will able to use the smart system to place your packages just inside your front door. The Amazon Key kit includes the new Cloud Cam (Key Edition) indoor security camera and a compatible smart lock from Kwikset or Yale, which communicate with each other using Wi-Fi.
To gain entry for an in-home delivery, the courier scans the barcode, which sends a request to Amazon's cloud. Once approved, the cloud sends a message back to the camera, which starts recording. The courier then gets a prompt on their app, swipes the screen, and just like that, your door unlocks.
They drop off the package and relock the door with another swipe. After the delivery is complete, you'll receive a notification that your delivery has arrived, along with a short video showing the drop-off to confirm everything was done properly.
Amazon Key also gives access to the trustworthy people in your life who need to come over when you aren't home—your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner.
Hire a professional to install the system or do it yourself if you're so inclined.
Side note: If you have pets, you should probably block their access to the front door on the days you're expecting an in-home delivery—for everyone's safety.
Once the system is set up, you'll need to register your kit and delivery address in the Amazon Key App. From there, select the "FREE in-home delivery" shipping option at checkout for eligible Prime items.