According researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Package theft in United States is at all time high with 1.7 million packages stolen or lost everyday. These package thefts result in a total of $25 million of lost goods and services every day, as per the research by C+R Research. These packages belong to Amazon, FedEx, UPS and US Postal Services and more.
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As a result of these thefts, Amazon has constructed secure locker sites in 900 U.S. cities and also provides Amazon Key, which allows consumers to grant delivery drivers remote access so they may store items inside the home, garage, or car trunk. Google and other numerous startups are also experimenting on advanced tracking and other solutions to stop the package thefts and catch the perpetrators.
However, all of these solutions are contingent on the shipment arriving at your doorstep; however, in Los Angeles, packages are being stolen on the freight train on their route to your nearest warehouse. Photos and videos of stacks of empty boxes littering rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California, are gaining attention online as shipping businesses report a huge increase in railroad theft. Some of the boxes contain packages from UPS, Amazon, and FedEx.
Union Pacific, one of the major railroad firms in the United States, reported a 160 percent year-over-year rise in theft in Los Angeles County in a letter to the Los Angeles District Attorney last month. The company believes that a December 2020 special directive issued by District Attorney George Gascón that modified how low-level offenses are prosecuted contributed to the increase.
While issuing the directive, Gascón stated, "Studies show that prosecution of the offences driving the bulk of misdemeanor cases have minimal, or even negative, long-term impacts on public safety,".
Union Pacific, the largest railroad company has its own police department with jurisdiction over the 32,000 miles of lines it owns, said it has increased security personnel and collaborated more closely with local law enforcement to combat theft and looting of packages in Los Angeles County.
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