Protect yourself against porch pirates this Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is expected to set records again this year. Selling more packages means more packages sitting on doorsteps, which is exactly what porch pirates want.

With Amazon Prime Day beginning Tuesday, you won’t be the only person looking out for your deliveries. Criminals will be on the lookout as well.

2019 Prime Day sold 175 million items valued at $6 billion.

One security group says that package thefts this year could increase by as much as 40%. Another security organization estimates that one in five Prime customers has had a package stolen in the last three months.

There are a reported 1.7 million packages stolen or lost daily in the United States. The numbers could rise dramatically in the next couple of days.

To protect yourself from porch pirates, you can go to an available Amazon Locker instead of getting packages delivered to your home. You can also specify on the delivery instructions to bring the package to your backyard or to your neighbor’s house. Signing up for delivery alerts can tell you when the package actually arrives.

Getting motion-sensor lights or a motion-sensor camera can show you when there’s movement near your door and could deter porch pirates.

Taking these simple steps could be the difference in ensuring whether or not your package is on your doorstep when you arrive home.

Reporter:Rich Kolko
Writer:Drew Hill
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