Preventing Porch Pirates

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With online shopping on the rise, the e-commerce sector now accounts for about 12% of U.S. retail sales. The result is a constant influx of parcels arriving at personal residences, in cities and suburbs alike. Apartment buildings in major cities are hotspots when it comes to package theft, especially when there are unmonitored mailrooms and a lack of security systems. Late last year, more than 90,000 packages delivered in New York City disappeared or were stolen daily.

Who Are They?

In what has become a relatively common occurrence, an estimated 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes. Porch pirates swipe deliveries from doorsteps, and are strategic in their methods. Some follow delivery trucks and wait for the drivers to make their deliveries and leave. Others stake out a specific neighbourhood and target homes that regularly have packages delivered.