Bay Area ranks lowest in U.S. for luggage theft, report finds

CALIFORNIA (KTXL) — Package theft in the US is on the rise, with 3 in 4 Americans having their packages stolen from the front of their home, one research firm reports. report To safe wisea home security website that releases package theft reports annually.

According to the Package Theft Report, published in early November, package thefts have increased 23% over the past 12 months.

SafeWise attributes this in part to a similar increase in online shopping. Online shopping has grown in popularity during the pandemic, with millions of Americans doing more shopping at home.

Among the report’s findings is the figure of 260 million parcels that disappeared nationwide in the past 12 months, 50 million more than the previous report.

According to the SafeWise report, which was created using a survey of Americans and theft data collected by the FBI, this represents a total of $19.5 billion in products stolen from homes.

Below is a list of the cities with the most and least thefts. While there are steps shoppers can take to prevent theft, SafeWise says many Americans report theft even with security systems in place.

10 metropolitan areas with the most stolen luggage

  1. San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, California
  2. Seattle – Tacoma, Washington
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Hartford – New Haven, Connecticut
  5. Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, California
  6. Los Angeles, California
  7. Portland, Oregon
  8. Fresno – Visalia, California
  9. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  10. new orleans, louisiana

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  1. Miami – Ft.Lauderdale, Florida
  2. Tampa – St. Petersburg, Florida
  3. Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina
  4. Orlando – Daytona Bear – Melbourne, Florida
  5. Cleveland – Akron, Ohio
  6. Detroit, Michigan
  7. Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Nashville, Tennessee
  9. San Diego, California
  10. San Antonio, Texas

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Steps to prevent, or at least mitigate, package theft

According to SafeWise, a third of Americans surveyed had their packages stolen despite having security or doorbell cameras installed in their homes.

Essentially, more people are taking extra steps to protect their orders, but thieves are also getting bolder.

Steps homeowners can take include:

  • Delivery alert: Most companies offer real-time tracking of packages, so you can meet the delivery person at home when they deliver your order
  • Signature Required: If this is an option, it will help avoid packages being left on your doorstep
  • Lighting and camera installation: The brighter the area, the less likely a thief will try to steal your package.
  • Daytime delivery: If you can choose delivery, choose delivery during the day when someone is likely to be home or there is likely to be more movement in the neighborhood
  • Locker or store pickup: Pick up the item at the store or locker if the company offers it.These are typically located within existing businesses or in surveillance areas Bay Area ranks lowest in U.S. for luggage theft, report finds

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