Poll Finds Many Fail to Protect Their Deliveries from Package Thieves

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
These days, Northwest consumers can get just about anything shipped to their home or office with the click of a button. But while many can relate to the excitement of getting a delivery in the mail, a new poll from PEMCO Insurance finds that nearly half of residents here also have shared the experience of having a package stolen from their home. But despite those disheartening discoveries, many say they don’t do anything to protect their deliveries from thieves.
According to the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, the vast majority of residents in Washington and Oregon (94 percent) order items online. But when it comes time to receive their mailed deliveries, many say they don’t always arrive: almost half of respondents (48 percent) have had a delivery stolen from their household. Some folks (8 percent) say they have their items swiped often.
Despite the reality of package theft, the poll found that residents take a relaxed approach to protecting their deliveries. Of those who take action, most (38 percent) say they combat thieves by making sure someone’s at home to receive the delivery, while others (18 percent) install some form of security technology to guard against thieves, and 15 percent allocate an inconspicuous space or container to hide items.
But the poll also found one in four recipients (28 percent) don’t do anything at all to protect their deliveries from theft.
“We were surprised to find that so many people take the risk of leaving their packages unprotected, even though a significant number of residents have had something stolen from them,” said PEMCO Spokesperson Derek Wing. “And while some folks have taken steps to thwart would-be ‘porch pirates,’ these results suggest many of us could do more to protect our deliveries.”
In time for some of the busiest delivery days of the year, PEMCO offers a few steps consumers can take to keep porch pirates at bay:
•  Instruct shippers to deliver packages to a specific location hidden from plain sight. For example, "inside the carport" or "behind the planter box."
•  Require a signature before packages can be left. Just realize that if you're not there to sign, you'll need to work with the shipping company to reschedule delivery.
•  Install a lockbox on your front porch or use other technology-enabled security devices to keep your packages safe until you get home.
•  Ship your order to a trusted neighbor who you know will be home during delivery hours.
•  Or, if your employer permits it, use your work address rather than your home address for deliveries.
“Don’t give porch pirates any easy targets,” Wing said. “By planning ahead and taking some preventive steps to outsmart thieves, you can enjoy all the benefits of online shopping without any of the headaches that can come with stolen packages.”

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