By Ben Cost November 29, 2021 3:25pm
Full Article: NY Post
It’s the most plunder-ful time of the year.
The annual influx of holiday parcels might seem like a cause for celebration. However, experts warn gift recipients to remain extra vigilant this Christmas: A recent survey found that a staggering 210 million packages vanished from porches across the US over the past 12 months.
“Package theft is a crime of opportunity,” said Dr. Ben Stickle, a criminal justice and theft expert at home security website Safewise, which conducted the research. “As the Christmas gift season gets into full swing, there will be a significant increase in packages on a porch.”
Safewise found that a mind-boggling 64.1% of Americans have been victims of package theft in the last year — a 36% increase from the prior year, according to the survey — and 53.5% had multiple parcels snatched during that period.
To gauge how rampant package pilfering runs in the US, Safewise surveyed 1,000 Americans about their “personal run-ins with dastardly porch pirates,” per the site.
They then ranked the frequency of thefts according to city by analyzing 2020 FBI larceny-theft data from metro areas across the country. Finally, the safety mavens compared those stats against “Google Trends data in areas with the highest number of searches for ‘missing package’ and ‘stolen package,’” according to the site.
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