'Porch Pirates' Don't Always Leave With Holiday Gifts

It's a big problem, but some homeowners are fighting back
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Keep tabs on the packages you're having delivered to your home.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(Newser) – In the weeks leading up to the holidays, the UPS and Amazon trucks are out in full force—and so are "porch pirates" who steal deliveries from people's mailboxes and porches. But in Utah, one thief went too far and swiped something critical: a three-month supply of a preschooler's kidney medication, worth $5,000, per KSTU. When Cody Taylor, single dad to 4-year-old Austin, realized the meds—necessary to keep Austin's body from rejecting a kidney transplant—had been stolen, he started scrambling to figure out how to pay for a replacement set. Luckily, the insurance company said it would pay for new meds, but Taylor still has a message to porch thieves: Their actions "could range from ruining someone's Christmas to threatening someone's life." More on the problem:

  • NPR documents how widespread this particular pilfering problem is, citing one survey that says almost one-fifth of homeowners have had a package stolen over the past year. "It is a big problem, particularly around the holidays," a financial journalist for Consumer Reports notes.

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