Preventing Porch Pirates

Coming home to packages from an online shopping spree can feel like a nice present. However, you might not be the only one keeping an eye out for your packages. Unfortunately, as online shopping habits increase across the world, there are emerging threats that could prevent the successful arrival of your orders. 

Porch pirates are thieves who steal packages from front doors, often unaware of what items they have stolen. In one study, about 24% of adults reported themselves victims of a porch pirate and of these victims, 64% have since attempted to take extra precautions when purchasing online.

Your front porch or doorstep is often a vulnerable spot for potential merchandise to be stolen when you’re not home. Without a secure area for deliveries, you might be more susceptible to theft. While it may be inconvenient to ship your package to another address or purchase a security system, the safety benefits could help you with porch thieves.

Porch pirates tend to observe neighborhoods that have high shipping activity in order to avoid getting caught. With the increasing number of online shoppers, many packages stolen go unreported because many deliveries contain items that are replaceable. If you are a victim of someone stealing a package, it’s advised to contact the seller of the item, file a report, and implement new measures to ensure your package is safe.

With the rise in online eCommerce, many thieves have discovered a different way to steal items. Make sure to check out our infographic for more information on porch piracy and tips to prevent it.

Author bio: Jerry McSorley is the owner of Eye Trax, the leading provider of solar-powered wireless outdoor security cameras. After working many years within the construction industry, McSorley needed a way to monitor and secure his multiple construction sites. Combining his mechanical engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and extensive business owner experience, he invented an innovative surveillance camera system.