NOTE: This article isn’t really about privacy. However, it is about a related topic: reducing losses by theft, thereby increasing your personal security
Online merchants, such as Amazon, have become valuable resources for consumers worldwide. Thanks to online merchants, consumers now have a wider variety of products to choose than ever before. In most cases, all of us can also save money, time, and gasoline by online comparisons of various products offered by different merchants. Never again will I waste a Saturday morning driving from store to store looking for a particular replacement part for a broken dishwasher or looking for a special birthday gift for someone.
I use online shopping for almost everything I buy, other than fresh or frozen food items, and even that is changing as merchants create new ways to deliver our orders within hours instead of days.
However, nothing is ever perfect. The idea of leaving packages on a doorstep has created a new type of criminal, appropriately called “porch pirates.” These low-life individuals typically drive around a neighborhood looking for packages left on doorsteps by UPS, FedEx, Amazon, the mailman, or other delivery personnel. If the thieves spot packages, they quickly steal them, usually without knowing the contents.
While the FBI doesn’t keep nationwide statistics on the problem, 30 percent of Americans say they’ve experienced such theft, according to a survey by Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security service.