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This Porch Pirate Is About To Get The Biggest Shock Of His Life

Jano le Roux

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This package thief almost met his maker when he decided to snatch a package from the wrong guy’s porch near Chicago — or at least that's what he thought. The porch pirate could not believe his eyes when a shadow slithered out of the front door of the house and he realized he might just have become the victim of this situation.

Take a look at how this plays off; pay particular attention to what the getaway driver does.

The parcel is returned immediately, and the pirate’s accomplice speeds away, while the pirate flees. It’s a happily ever after. A lot of things could have gone wrong.

But what the robber doesn’t know is that it is not a real firearm, it is only a Hollywood movie prop.

The Rise Of Porch Piracy

As shown in a new study, porch piracy is on the increase, with 43% of customers surveyed claiming an e-commerce package was stolen from their front porch in 2020.

In November 2020, C+R Research polled 2,000 self-reporting shoppers about distribution fraud. The participants stayed in single-family homes 58% of the time, flats 29% of the time, and rentals or other housing structures the rest of the time.

Given that Mechanical Turk respondents are paying and more inclined to use Amazon and Amazon Prime than U.S. customers in general, the findings could not be as reliable as a phone poll, other online survey instruments, or an analysis of vendor statistics. Despite this, the survey may be a sign of a may issue.

Over the last two years, C+R has used a common survey, and the number of cases of distribution fraud has increased. In 2018, 31% of shoppers polled by C+R claimed they had at least one shipment robbed as it was waiting outside their front door. In 2019, the number had risen to 36%, and, as previously said, in 2020, 43% of those polled claimed a thief had taken a parcel from their front door.

The spike in e-commerce parcel robbery from Americans’ doorsteps may be attributed to a number of causes. Major rises in e-commerce scale, economic circumstances, distribution delays, and even so-called pleasant fraud are among these causes.

E-commerce is on the rise. Depending on who you ask, retail e-commerce revenues in the United States are projected to grow by 20% to 40% in 2021. For example, according to the United States Census Bureau, e-commerce revenues in the third quarter of 2020 rose 36.7 percent over the same quarter of 2019.

As a consequence, it’s likely that the amount of parcels shipped is pushing up the incidence of doorstep robbery.

Economic circumstances. The recession brought about by the pandemic may be a cause.

According to a 2007 survey, a reduced incidence of property crime in the 1990s may have been linked to better market perception. If the reverse is valid, the current recession may be reflected in increased porch privacy. A 2012 United Nations study found an obvious connection between economic crises and violence, but it did not provide evidence from the United States.

How To Prevent Porch Piracy At Your Home

Make sure the outside surveillance cameras are specifically aimed at the package drop-off area to be an optimum burglary deterrent.

Video doorbells are becoming increasingly popular. Since video doorbells are less conspicuous than surveillance cameras, they are less successful as burglary deterrents. Motion tracking, quick installation, multifunctional functionality, and a distinctive vantage point that is more apt to capture a thief’s identity than an overhead camera are all benefits that might make them a successful option for your house.

Lockboxes for packages. This may be placed by your mailbox or in combination with it. Even if a non-locking parcel box keeps your packages hidden from the driveway, opt for a lockable crate for optimum protection. Some lockboxes, including the Elephantrunk Dropbox, have a slot for quick drop-offs that need a key to open. USPS can coordinate with you to guarantee that your delivery individual has keys to secured crates. You must also inform FedEx and UPS drivers of your distribution orders.

Using an Amazon Locker: Once you buy anything on Amazon, you can store it in one of their many locations around the country. It’s easy — all you have to do is pick a locker for delivery when you check out. There is no charge, and you will receive a passcode to retrieve your package until it is finished.

Signs for home defense in the windows and in the yard. Signs promoting the home surveillance device can be sufficient to deter a criminal. If you’re still saving for a scheme, try putting up fake signs. Used “real” protection signs may also be purchased online. While it isn’t a replacement for a real defense scheme, often porch pirates aren’t skilled criminals. They’re simply searching for a fast buck and a shot of adrenaline.

What To Do If You’re A Victim Of Porch Piracy?

Check to see if the shipment has been signed “Delivered.” To start, double-check that your package has been labeled as “Delivered.” Check your email or messages to see whether you’ve got a message if you signed up for box updates. Check the tracking alerts online if your shipment has tracking.

Contact the credit card provider to file a claim. Check to see whether you have some box insurance privileges if you bought the item using a credit card. Your credit card issuer may be willing to substitute or refund you for the package you lost.

Filing a police report is a smart practice. You will assist others in the neighborhood in combating parcel fraud by submitting a police report. Notify the nearest police department as soon as possible if you believe your shipment has been robbed, l. You never know how they or your neighbors could be able to assist you in locating the package if you share this detail.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Has anyone ever stolen your packages? I’d love to hear what you do to keep them from doing so.

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