Stop porch pirates: How to avoid porch pirates this holiday shopping season

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — With Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday deals online, packages are coming straight to your door. But all too often, thanks to portal pirates, those packs never get into your hands.

Now neighbors and local businesses are getting creative to actually preserve what they bought.

“My neighbor is missing a lot of stuff,” says Isaac Sanders.

That’s why he uses Amazon’s shipping boxes at the Whole Foods grocery store.

It’s the season of Christmas shopping and parcel theft. Then the cycle of frustration begins.

“I’m saying, ‘You didn’t get anything good, so now when you open this box you’re going to see you can’t even sell it,'” said one victim.

About 49 million Americans had their packages stolen last year, according to

At Northern Liberties Mailbox Store, they’ve heard everything from their customers.

“Recently someone ran off their porch with 40 pounds of kitty litter. So I don’t know who’s running around with a 40-pound box,” said clerk Alli Elkin.

Shopping season means a full house at the Northern Liberties Mailbox Store.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was five or six times normal volume during the holiday season,” Warren said.

If you’d rather have a secure parcel box at home, Adam Smith has just launched Bradford Mailbox.

“I’ve decided that I can solve a problem that I can solve with my skills,” Smith said.

Manufactured in Lancaster County, assembled in Philadelphia, and made of American steel and locks, the boxes can hold multiple shoebox-sized packages. They are drilled directly into the front wall.

“It’s really a passive way to prevent parcel theft. Parcel theft really is a crime of convenience,” Smith said.

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