Did You Know More Packages Will be Stolen This Holiday Season Than Ever Before?

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Did You Know More Packages Will be Stolen This Holiday Season Than Ever Before?

Record-Setting Sales

Online sales this holiday season are forecasted to be 33% higher than last year's record high of $142 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. In fact, there were 39% and 33% bumps in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, as reported by CNBC

This Means Record-Level Porch Piracy

Given those statistics, it goes without saying that there will be more packages shipped this year during the holidays than ever before. Last year, 31% of shoppers said they had a package stolen during the holiday season, according to C+R Research. If that statistic holds true, we can say with near certainty that this year there will be a record number of presents and parcels that get pirated instead of wrapped up and given to friends and family.

It’s Not Just Packages, but Food, Too!

Part of this package increase includes food deliveries, which have also skyrocketed during the pandemic, according to CNBC. Delivery companies like GrubHub and DoorDash are reporting an uptick in theft, as well, according to Wavy.com.

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The Twittersphere Reacts to the Package Theft Threat

People are doing different things to combat the almost inevitable explosion of parcel pilfering we are experiencing, threatening to turn the jolliest time of year to the sorriest time of year:

According to C+R Research, 47% fear that their shipment is going to disappear from the front porch. Check out this Tweet from @CheeseMoonYen:

 

Delivery folks are trying to do their part when dropping off your orders, but when they let you know even that doesn't help. See this Tweet from @duckvalentine:

 

@The_Ron_says wants a PlayStation but won’t purchase one because he doesn't want it to get stolen:

 

Companies like Target are warning customers which boxes are going to show their contents on the exterior—making them porch pirate magnets if they advertise sought after or expensive items inside. Check out this tweet from @Wario64:

 

The whole state of Oklahoma is enacting the Porch Piracy Act, a new set of laws that include stronger punishment and restitution requirements for those caught stealing other people's stuff. See this tweet from @JamisonTVNews: