How to prevent 'porch pirates' from stealing holiday joy off your door step

Package theft graphic by MGN.
Package theft graphic by MGN.(KOLO)
Published: Nov. 23, 2018 at 3:38 PM AKST
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As Black Friday gives way to Cyber Monday, shoppers are headed online. That means that soon millions of packages will be sealed up and shipped out, but "porch pirates" as they're called, will be ready to steal packages right from your front door.

U.S. Postal Inspector Jacob Gholson says the best way to guarantee your packages arrive safely might be keeping them off your porch entirely.

"The best thing to do really is get a P.O. box and have the mail delivered directly to the post office," said Gholson.

If you can't pass up on the convenience of home delivery, Gholson recommends are few more options:

  • Putting a surveillance system in place. He says capturing video of your porch is great, but getting the suspect's face is even better."
  • The U.S. Postal Service also offers informed delivery to let package recipients know the moment a box arrives at their door.
  • According to Gholson the longer a package sits at your door, the greater the risk that it gets stolen.

If you're the victim of package theft, report the crime to both your local police department and your local postal inspector. It's best to let them know as soon as possible, and to provide any evidence of the crime.

You can reach your U.S. Postal Inspection office at 1-877-876-2455 or go online to