AARP Article: 10 Tips to Send Porch Pirates Packing

As the holidays collide with COVID-19, expect a surge in package theft

by Katherine Skiba

Televisions. Golf clubs. Baby clothes. A bottle of gin. Sticky-fingered porch pirates have recently pilfered all of these, and much more.

The crooks — also called “box bandits” — scoop up packages delivered to front doors before the recipients retrieve them. Some swoop in on foot or bikes; others skulk in by car. Thieves even have been known to “tailgate” behind delivery trucks.

Such piracy shows up on police blotters across the country from Brooklyn to the Bay Area. And television news shows, social-media outlets and online neighborhood groups increasingly publish footage to catch these modern-day buccaneers…

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