Study: Most consumers affected by porch pirates, attempt to stop stolen packages

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages pass through a scanner at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon is paying workers to defend the company on Twitter, reassuring critics that they make enough money to live and are allowed to take bathroom breaks. The tweets are part of Amazon’s plan to combat negative headlines and online chatter about poor working conditions at its warehouses. (Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(KUTV) -- The holiday shopping season is upon us, and with more packages being shipped to homes all over the country during the holiday season, porch pirates are on the prowl.

According to a study titled The 2017 Package Theft Report: Porch pirates, purchase habits and privacy by, nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they have experienced package theft.

To help prevent this, consumers have started to go to great lengths to ensure their package's safe arrival.

53 percent of respondents claimed they have changed their plans to make sure they were home for a package delivery, the study showed. Baby boomers are the least likely to change their plans to receive a package in person.

Another 35 percent of Americans say they have sent packages to a non-home address to ensure the box arrives safely.

Some people, 41 percent, have even avoided purchasing things, like electronics or collectibles, in order to avoid package theft, the study shows.

However, most consumers don't like to send their purchased items to other locations. 92 percent of Americans prefer to send their packages to their home address. Whereas, 5 percent send them to a business and 3 percent send them to a friend's, neighbor's or parents' home.

During an average month, 41 percent of American receive at least 3 to 5 packages a month. During the holiday season, this number goes up. This gives porch pirates plenty of opportunities to take goodies from door steps.

A slight majority, 61 percent, believe that online retailers don't do enough to prevent package thefts. But, 58 percent of online consumers believe that shipping companies are doing what they can to prevent stolen items.

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