Summertime is officially here, and families and neighbors across the country are off to enjoy some much needed time away from busy calendars. But unfortunately as the sun comes out and neighbors head out of town, porch pirates are often quick to take their place in the neighborhood, looking to score some summer goodies from unchecked porches and mailboxes.
To help keep packages safe, neighbors turn to Nextdoor to warn each other about stolen packages, share surveillance footage, and, in some cases, even help police find those responsible.
In a recent survey of neighbors from across the country, Nextdoor found that:
- 62% of respondents have experienced a package theft
- 50% of respondents say package theft is a serious problem in their neighborhood, while 41% say it’s not serious but is of concern when it happens
- 66% of respondents have decided against ordering an item because they were concerned it would be stolen
- 51% of respondents have asked a neighbor for help retrieving a package when they weren’t home
So, as you’re making your summer plans, keep in mind that porch pirates may be on the prowl, and follow the below checklist to help keep your home safe this summer:
- Use Nextdoor to get to know your neighbors! Let your trusted neighbors know when you will be on vacation and make sure they have a way to reach you.
- Arrange for a neighbor to pick up your packages, newspapers, and mail. Have them place garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day(s) and return them after to help give the illusion that someone is home.
- Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to appear that they are being used.
- Call your local police department with concerns. Many stations have officers available to perform occasional drive-bys to ensure your house and belongings are safe.