Preventing porch pirates this holiday season


HE IS ALSO ACCUSED IN SOME OF THE WILSONVILLE THEFTS. THAT CRIME SPREE IS JUST ONE MORE REMINDER THAT IT’S THE SEASON WHEN YOUR HOLIDAY PACKAGES COULD GET TAKEN FROM YOUR FRONT PORCH. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE GRINCH, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PORCH PIRATES. ELISE HAAS IS LIVE WITH SOME TIPS TO ENSURE THOSE PACKAGES MAKE IT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE. ELISE: THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE. THAT MEANS THE PORCH PIRATES ARE ABOUT TO, OUT. A SUREFIRE WAY TO MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGES DO NOT GET TAKEN IS NOT TO HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE AT ALL. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOW HAVING THEIR PACKAGES DELIVERED TO WHERE THEY WORK. THIS IS A SAFE WAY TO MAKE SURE IT IS NOT STOLEN OFF YOUR PORCH. ANOTHER OPTION IS TO MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGES ARE DELIVERED TO A TRUSTED NEIGHBOR. PORCH PIRACY IS A HUGE PROBLEM. THERE IS AN ESTIMATED 23 MILLION AMERICANS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED PACKAGE THEFT. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE FEARFUL THEY WILL GET THEIR PACKAGES STOLEN. IN RECENT YEARS, RETAILERS AND SHIPPERS HAVE STARTED TO COMBAT THE PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY SINCE MORE AMERICANS ARE DOING THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING ONLINE THIS YEAR. THAT MEANS MORE PACKAGES TO BE DELIVERED AND MORE TEMPTING TARGETS FOR THIEVES. CERTAINLY, E-COMMERCE IS A MAJOR PART OF RETAIL IN THE U.S. TODAY. CONTINUES TO GROW. CONSUMERS WANT CONVENIENT AND SECURE OPTIONS FOR RECEIVING THEIR PACKAGES. FEDEX HAS EXPANDED OUR NETWORK WITH THE LIKES OF WALGREENS, KROGER, ALBERTSON’S, AND CERTAINLY FEDEX OFFICE, WHERE PACKAGES CAN BE HELD CONVENIENTLY UP TO FIVE DAYS. SO WHEN CONSUMERS ARE OUT SHOPPING OR GOING THROUGH THEIR NORMAL ROUTINES THEY CAN GRAB , THEIR PACKAGES WHILE THEY’RE OUT. ELISE: THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS, BUT YOU CAN ALSO TRACK YOUR PACKAGE. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME WHEN IT ARRIVES. HAVE PACKAGES DELIVERED TO AMAZON LOCKERS INSTEAD. OR YOU CAN KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PORCH WHEREVER YOU GO WITH A DOORBELL CAMERA. JUST MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT LEAVING YOUR PACKAGES UNATTENDED ON YOUR FRONT PORCH. IT IS TOO RISKY.

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