Sacramento Is One Of The Worst Places In America For Amazon Package Theft

How to protect yourself from porch pirates

By Marilyn Nelson on September 4, 2018
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While Amazon and other online retails are delivering more and more packages to our doorsteps, porch piracy has exploded.

New research reveals where the packages are mostly likely to be stolen across America, and according to Shorr Packaging Corp. Sacramento made the top ten. The average value of those packages was between $50-$100.

Here are the 10 worst places in America for Amazon package theft:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Seattle
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Boston
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Washington D.C.
  7. Oakland, CA
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Sacramento, CA

Consumer Reports has this advice or protecting yourself from package theft:

  1. Let the courier drop off the package inside your home – by signing up for Amazon Key you allow a delivery driver from Amazon to enter your home when you’re not there. It requires that you purchase of a kit on Amazon for around $200, which includes a smart lock and an indoor security camera, so you can keep an eye on your home and record activity.
  2. Use security cameras – You can install them inside and/or outside your home to watch and record your property.  If the cameras are visible thieves might be deterred in the first place.
  3. Have packages delivered to a lockbox – Amazon offers lockboxes in some of its Whole Foods Market stores and in other locations.
  4. Give instructions to the package delivery service – UPS and FedEx let you instruct where you would like the drivers to leave a package (back door, with a building superintendent, or with neighbors).
  5. Sign up for alerts. Some carriers will text or email you an alert when a delivery will be made.
  6. Require a signature for delivery. Request the retailer to require a signature when delivered to make sure the packages aren’t just dropped off outside a house.

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