Protect Your Holiday Packages From 'Porch Piracy' | WAMC

Protect Your Holiday Packages From 'Porch Piracy'

Dec 6, 2017

If you're doing holiday shopping online, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive your merchandise.

According to a recent survey by the home security firm Ring, 20 percent of households have been a victim of package theft in the last year. The proliferation of e-commerce and the opioid epidemic have given rise to so-called "porch piracy." Albany Police spokesman Steve Smith:

"Have those packages delivered to a safe location, whether it be to a job or a family member. Or give specific instructions to the people delivering the package. Rather than have it put in front of your house, maybe you have a door in the back so they can walk around and place it behind the house so it's not visible from the street."

If you have a PO Box your post office can provide you with the street address equivalent, enabling you to pick up your packages AT the post office.