Preventing Package Theft

Porch pirate caught on security camera
Porch pirate. Image by Marcia Steed.

One out of every 200 package deliveries were stolen from delivery points in 2023.  While it happens everyday, holiday deliveries are the biggest target for thieves or porch pirates leaving consumers with loss, frustration, and feeling violated.

Stopping Porch Pirates:  How to Keep Your Packages from Being Stolen by Consumer Reports offers some great suggestions for preventing theft as well as what to do should a theft occur.

Other options:

Some shippers allow a required signature at delivery so if no one is home the delivery service will take it back to it’s facility and try again later or let you come pick it up and sign for it.

Door bell cameras, motion sensors and internet-enabled security cameras have their benefits but the benefit is usually realized after the theft has been committed.  However, the images provided by the security devices will help with filing a police report.  While not a perfect solution, Porch Pirates Bags are a good deterrent.  If ordering from a retailer with a store front, have packages sent to the store for pick up.

It is incredibly frustrating and disheartening to have packages stolen.  Sadly, it is an unfortunate reality that every consumer needs to be concerned about.  It is possible to take steps to protect porch pirates from pirating your space.

Updated and reviewed 6/2024, mg.

Marlene Geiger

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Home Economics Education and Extension and from Colorado State University with a MS in Textiles and Clothing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, quilting, cooking, sewing, and sharing knowledge and experience with others.

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