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Be Aware: Porch Pirate Thefts On The Rise
Not everyone can be home to take deliveries; the ‘porch pirate’ rate is soaring in the region and residents should take precautions to prevent thefts especially now, during the holiday season.

Did you know that porch pirates struck nearly 26 million Americans in 2017 alone? Now with the holidays approaching package theft is only going to rise. SafeWise recently took a closer look into where these thieves are striking in order to offer recommendations on ways to combat this threat over the holidays.

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By comparing FBI Crime Data to Google Trends searches for “missing package” and “stolen package” officials at SafeWise were able to compare metro area package theft rates for the entire year and compare those rates to holiday-specific rates of theft. Most of the top 10 metros for package theft during the entire year also found their way into the top 10 for the holiday season.

These are the top 10 metros where porch pirates strike most: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; Baltimore, Maryland; Seattle-Tacoma, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, California.

Seventy percent of the 10 worst metro areas for package theft made the list for the second year in a row. Only Chicago, Denver, and Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto are new to the list.

The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area has the most package theft in the nation for the second year in a row, and a larceny-theft rate of 24.3 incidents per 1,000 people. The national larceny-theft rate is 15.95 per 1,000 people. More than half of the metros where porch pirates strike the most are also high-tech hubs.

For more info on how to secure your presents this holiday season and what to do if a porch pirate plunders your package, check out the SafeWise full report.