How To Prevent Porch Pirates

Written By Alla Levin
May 17, 2021
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How To Prevent Porch Pirates

Consumer purchases online represent 21.3% of 2020s total retail sales. However, with the increase in online orders comes an issue. Criminals or porch pirates are taking advantage of the convenience of online ordering and stealing packages from porches. these opportunistic looters don’t care what they are stealing because they consider the little risk involved.

Typically the items are dropped off during hours in which people are working. This gives criminals plenty of reason to be bold. In fact, an estimated 23 million Americans report being victimized each year.

How To Prevent Porch Pirates

There are a variety of steps you can take to prevent porch pirates. Firstly, you could require signatures for all deliveries, or you could have them delivered to your place of work. Some places may also offer delivery to storage lockers in public places. Although these eliminate some of the risks, a drawback is they eliminate the conveniences that make eCommerce appealing.

Another way to prevent porch pirates is to add security around your home. For example, installing a security camera can notify if someone is at your front door. This will not only allow you to prevent an intruder, but you can also know when your package arrives. Motion-activated lights can also be a powerful security tool. Don’t let the worry of thieves take the convenience out of online shopping. Check out the infographic below for more information on how to prevent porch pirates.

Infographic created by Eye Trax, a construction security camera provider 

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