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Monday, 26 November 2018 06:36

6 Ways To Avoid Holiday Package Theft

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Online American consumers spent $50.6 billion this year through Black Friday, and sales for Cyber Monday are expected to reach or exceed an additional $7.8 billion. As a result, the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That means more packages delivered to homes — and more package thieves, also known as "porch pirates" are waiting to grab your holiday purchases. 

In 2017, InsuranceQuotes released a study revealing that 25.9 million Americans had a package stolen from their front porch or doorstep. — and that’s just during the holiday season.

Package theft can happen anytime but tends to happen more often during the holiday season. With more consumers shopping online every year, this number of thefts will undoubtedly climb. Package deliveries increase exponentially the two-and-a-half weeks before Christmas, according to Package Concierge, a company that provides package receipt systems for apartment buildings.

Part of the problem is that it’s so hard to guarantee a package is safe once it’s delivered. While you may add insurance to a piece of mail or package through the delivery service, once the package reaches your doorstep the coverage ends, as the insurance is aimed at covering any physical damage that may take place in transit. Even when dropped off at an apartment building, packages may go missing before recipients can claim parcels. To combat the issue, delivery services, retailers and startups are working to create alternatives to traditional home delivery that will prevent thieves from getting away with your items.

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