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Porch pirates struck over 43% of Americans in 2020
Millions of Americans have opted for the convenience of shopping online during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with that convenience comes the risk of package theft, which continues to be a growing problem in cities and neighborhoods through the country.
C+R Research surveyed 2,000 consumers who have shopped online at least once within the last 12 months to learn more about their experiences with package theft and what preventative measures they’ve taken to prevent porch pirates.
Here’s what they found:
- 59% of Americans receive package deliveries once per week (Up from 49% in 2019)
- 43% of Americans have had a package stolen in 2020 (Up from 36% in 2019 and 31% in 2018)
- Almost two-thirds (64%) say they’ve been a victim of package theft more than once.
- 29% of respondents say they have had a package stolen during the pandemic and many of those were victims of package theft for the first time.
- The average value of the stolen package was $136, but thankfully 81% say they’ve received a refund on the stolen items.
- Tops ways consumers prevented package theft this holiday season: 1. Stayed home for delivery 2. In-store pick up 3. Installed doorbell camera 4. Shopped at stores 5. Requested signature for delivery.
Take a look at the full report.