8 Ways to Stop Package Thieves in Their Tracks

Buying things online is great — until some unscrupulous scoundrel steals your package right off your porch. Here's how to foil them.

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Let’s not call package thieves “porch pirates.” That cutesy name sounds like it belongs in a Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown mystery, and, honestly, people who steal everything from vital medicine to wedding gowns from innocent victims don’t deserve a fond-sounding term.

The No. 1 way to avoid having packages stolen is clear: Don’t buy online or via the mail. Instead, hark back to ye olde days of just a few years ago, when shoppers actually went to physical stores. For many of us, though, the lure of online shopping is too irresistible. Whether it’s a hard-to-find book from Amazon, a hand-crafted shirt from Etsy, or that vintage copy of The Beatles’ “White Album” from eBay, there are items that we just can’t purchase anywhere else.

It’s tough to completely foil porch robberies, but here’s a pack of practical ideas, from good ol’ neighborly assistance to more technologically advanced options.

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