Imagine this: you just ordered a gift online, and according to the tracking information, it will arrive just in time. On delivery day, you get an email while at work that it’s been delivered, only to come home to an empty, package-less porch.
While it may have been delivered to the wrong address, there’s also a decent chance it was actually stolen. Over 36% of people in the U.S. have had a package stolen off of their porch at least once by package thieves (also known as porch pirates).
While no one wants to be the victim of package theft, you may actually be more at risk than others. Take our quiz to find out how protected you are against porch pirates.
Tips to avoid package theft
Package theft typically happens fast. Oftentimes, a thief is cruising the neighborhood, spots a pile of packages on the door, and quickly loads them into their car. This type of theft also tends to peak in the winter, when people are more likely to be shopping for the holidays and the daylight hours are shorter, making them less likely to be spotted.
A few things you can do to keep your porch safe include:
- Have your packages sent to another location, like your place of employment or a PO box
- Schedule your delivery times, if the carrier offers this option
- Require a signature for delivery. This can help protect expensive items and ensure you are home to collect your package.