Oregon Ranks No. 6 State Most At Risk For Porch Pirates During Holidays

A record 207 Billion packages will be shipped this holiday season. 43% of Americans have reported a package stolen. Here are tips to prevent package theft this holiday season. Photo: Pembroke Pines Police

Oregon ranks No. 6 in the nation with 2,022 crimes per 100,000 state residents. Washington DC comes in at #1. Currently, 14 states have passed, or are considering laws enhancing penalties for porch piracy with many lobbying for the creation of a new crime category specifically covering these incidents.

Tips to Prevent Package Theft This Holiday Season:

1.Enable Tracking and Text Alerts:Most carriers, including Amazon, UPS, and FedEx, will text you when your package has been delivered. Turn this feature on and collect your packages as soon as possible.

2.Install Home Security Cameras:Security cameras serve as a deterrent and have successfullyidentifiedporch pirates in the act. Consider smart cameras withAI-based technologythat can detect unusual activity including if a package goes missing.

3.Invest in a Porch Lockbox:Companies now manufacture lockboxes designed specifically to receive packages. The lockbox will have a code that you provide to the delivery service so they can open it and drop your package off securely. 

4.Control Shipping Location:If you know you will not be home to accept the package, you can have it shipped to work, to an Amazon Locker or pick it up in-store. 

5.Ask for nondescript packaging:A package that says Tiffany & Co is likely to pique the interest of any criminal. See if the merchant will use a nondescript box.

(Courtesy CCTV Camera World)

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