Consumers, authorities, delivery drivers fight back against porch pirates

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(ABC) – A record $9.2 billion was spent on Cyber Monday and now homeowners and delivery drivers have some creative ways to keep your presents safe.

Thefts by porch pirates are on the rise.

According to Consumer Affairs reports and InusranceQuotes.com, almost 26 million packages from the United States Post Office, FedEx, and UPS were reported stolen last year alone. That’s 2.5 million more than in 2015.

This year, with more people shopping online than ever before, people are fighting back against porch pirates.

The Boynton Beach Police Department released video of a suspect one driver said followed her truck this weekend and then stole a package after she dropped it off.

In Round Rock, Texas, one police station created “Operation Front Porch.” Instead of risking theft at your home, you can have packages sent to the police station.

One NASA engineer boobytrapped fake packages containing a sparkly surprise at their home.

When the would-be-pirate loads the box into their car, they’ll be greeted by a glitter explosion followed by a foul smell.

Another couple created a porch pirate lock box, which bolts to your deck. They created it after falling victim to a theft last year.

Porch piracy has become such a problem that some states are passing laws to make mail theft a felony.

Mail theft is a felony under felony law but it had only been punishable as a misdemeanor with a ticket under state law.

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(This story was originally published on December 3, 2019)

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