Nothing quite beats the eager anticipation of waiting for that special gift or self-indulgence to arrive at your front door. Unfortunately, growing numbers of deliveries are falling prey to “porch pirates” who plunder your packages before you get to them. An estimated 30 percent of all Americans have had a package stolen. Indeed, nearly one in five U.S. homeowners was a victim of package theft in 2016, according to a study conducted by home security provider Ring in October and November of 2017.
The rise in theft is certainly being fueled by the growing number of deliveries. One in two homeowners report that they receive packages delivered to the home at least once a week, and a quarter of all homeowners receive packages several times a week. The average value of a stolen package last year was $140, according to the Ring survey, which noted that while package theft spikes during the holidays, it's a year-round scourge.
So, what’s a busy online shopper to do? Read on for a list of some cutting-edge high-tech—and traditional low-tech—ideas for protecting your packages from pilferage.