According to a survey from SafeWise and Cove Home Security, an estimated 210 million packages were stolen over the last 12 months in the U.S.
The survey, which was published earlier this month, found that 64.1% of respondents have had at least one package stolen from their porch in the last year. Meanwhile, 53.5% of respondents have had multiple packages stolen over the same period of time, SafeWise and Cove reported.
The survey also found that more than half of the stolen packages cost between $ 50 and $ 200.
During the holidays, porch thefts are going to be even more of a concern as people order their gifts online and have busier holiday schedules, according to one criminal justice and package theft expert.
“Package theft is a crime of opportunity,” Dr. Ben Stickle, a member of the SafeWise advisory group, said in the report. “The more packages left for longer periods of time on a porch, the more likely they are to be stolen. As the Christmas gift season gets into full swing, there will be a significant increase in packages on a porch.”