Around one in four Americans claims to have been a victim of parcel theft this year
STOCKTON, California – ‘It’s the time of year for gifts, receiving gifts, and theft, and according to a survey by C + R Research, nearly one in four Americans says they’ve been parcel theft this year.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the ease of shopping from home, more and more shoppers are buying from the comfort of their computers instead of going to a physical store.
“We usually start right before Thanksgiving, we usually see the package thefts that happen when those pirates on the porch just aim at people and their packages,” said Stockton police spokesman Joe Silva.
Silva says the Stockton Police Department doesn’t keep statistics on package theft, but adds that there is no shortage of video examples of porch pirate theft on their Facebook page.
“I work with disabled children and adults. So if people steal from me, it’s not just me. They’re people I work with, too, ”said a Stockton woman who was pirated from the porch last December. “I was pissed off. It’s an injury.”
They stole a valuable Mexican folk art sculpture that she bought online.
No arrests were made despite video taken with her surveillance camera.
Another woman in Stockton, who also refused to be identified, said she was a guard in the neighborhood where she lives.
She says her ring doorbell camera takes pictures of pirates on the porch every week.
She posts her photos and videos on social media and neighborhood apps.
“It’s just nice when we have pictures of cars or the people to be able to publish them because there is always someone who knows the person,” she said.
To protect yourself, the police suggest installing a video doorbell, using motion-activated lights, and having your package delivered to your work or to a relative or friend you know will be home.
Another tip when getting your delivery done is to get to know your neighbors. When the package arrives, they know it’s coming and so will you.
“So you always take care of me. You let me know. As soon as you see it, write to me. You bring it to your door,” said the woman who was victim of porch pirates last year.
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