If you're worried about losing home package deliveries to "porch pirate" thieves, you're not alone.
According to a survey by Vivint Smart Home, there's "widespread concern about package theft across the U.S., which is impacting the way that consumers shop online and ship packages to their homes."
This from the Vivint survey:
- Despite 75% of respondents voicing concern, respondents have been slow to implement security measures to combat porch piracy.
- Millennials are the most concerned and vigilant generation when it comes to package theft, and, as a result, nearly 40% have had success in recovering stolen packages.
- Townhomes have a higher instance of package theft than other housing types.
"Concerns about porch piracy threaten the key value proposition of online shopping -- the convenience of having a package delivered directly to your home," says Matt Mahar, vice president of consumer experience at Provo, Utah-based Vivint Smart Home. "While this has led most Americans to get creative with the way they ship packages, it is also affecting how much they buy online."
Of course, homeowners and renters don't have to sit back and take it. There are effective measures that, once put into place, can severely reduce or even eliminate holiday doorstep package theft.
"Try having the packages delivered to a friend or neighbor's house," says Robert Sollars, a security specialist in Mesa, Ariz. "You can also talk to your employer about having them delivered to your work address. As long as you aren't buying hundreds of items online, they may let you."