43% of online shoppers had a package stolen by porch pirates in 2020, report finds

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HOUSTON – Did you have a package stolen last year? You’re not the only one.

More Americans stayed home during the coronavirus pandemic, which equated to an increase of online shopping and packages from websites such as Amazon and Walmart. This also increased the number of package thefts.

A survey from C+R Research indicated that package thefts sharply rose from 36% to 43% in 2020, with two-thirds of the respondents saying they had their packages stolen more than once.

During the coronavirus pandemic, holiday shopping was a little different. 52% of consumers who responded to the survey became worried about getting their packages stolen during the holiday season, and 48% of consumers avoided buying expensive items online due to the threat of theft.

When it comes to protecting their deliveries, 69% of consumers stayed home to receive deliveries. Other consumers opted for in-store pickup, shopping in-store and requesting signatures for deliveries.

The survey used Amazon’s survey platform to screen 2,000 self-reported online consumers who have shopped online within the last 12 months.

To read more on the survey, click here.

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