A record $207 billion is projected to be spent by online shoppers this holiday season, our second with COVID-19 keeping many people away from stores. More online shopping correlates to more packages being delivered.
Last year, a record 20 billion parcels were shipped to U.S. addresses. Multiple studies found there was an increase in porch pirates swiping delivered packages from porches, doorsteps, and mailrooms in apartment buildings.
A C+R Research survey found that the percentage of Americans who have personally had a delivered item stolen rose by nearly 20 percent between 2019 and 2020, and more than 60 percent of Americans know someone who has had a package swiped.
With ecommerce expected to peak this November and December, chances are good that package theft will keep rising as well.
Another factor likely to make matters worse in the final months of 2021 are issues with the global supply chain. Supply chain disruptions, manufacturing delays, and delivery hiccups are all expected to add to the time it will take for online purchases to end up on shoppers’ doorsteps. Consumers may think their product is stuck at a port, when in fact, it may have already been delivered and stolen.
We wanted to understand the scope of this problem, including which states’ residents are at the highest risk of falling victim to porch pirates, and share tips for keeping deliveries safe.