How to Avoid Being a Porch Pirate Victim
With online ordering rising at a frantic pace and deliveries being made daily to homes across the country, the risk of being a porch pirate victim has spiked. A porch pirate, quite simply, is some who steals packages from other people’s homes – usually from their front porch. It’s even possible that you have already been the unfortunate target of a porch pirate.
It’s not at all uncommon. One in seven Americans, or 14 percent, have been victimized by porch pirates in 2022 – some people even more than once. More than one-third (34 percent) of Americans know someone whose packages had been stolen, and one in five (19 percent) know a neighbor whose packages had been stolen. The average value of those stolen packages is about $112.
With 268 million online shoppers in this country as of 2022, the odds of your package being stolen is high, especially if you’re a frequent Amazon, FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc. customer.
But even so, you have every right to feel safe having packages delivered to your home, and having one or more stolen is a frustrating and violating experience for customers. There are some steps you can take to protect your home and your packages, and that’s by installing a courtyard security gate.
How Security Gates Prevent Package Theft
Installing a courtyard or walkway gate is an easy and effective method of limiting access to your front door, providing a safe haven for your package deliveries no matter the season. With a custom designed security gate, you can ensure it makes a precise fit for your property, as well as complements the style and color of your home.
When you opt for a high-quality wrought iron gate, you are doing your part to protect your house and family from unscrupulous porch pirates and worse – burglars and home invaders. Not only do such gates add a secure element to your property and dissuade thieves, they offer a decorative way to instantly add curb appeal and property value.
On top of safeguarding your entry area with a security gate, you can follow these additional tips to discourage porch pirates:
- Install a video doorbell and/or home security system
- Install security doors
- Sign up for package tracking so you can be alerted when your packages are dropped off
- Get your packages delivered to Amazon lockers
- Install a porch lockbox
- Require signatures on delivery
- Buy a mailbox sensor for your freestanding mailbox at the end of the driveway
Contact Iron Clad Security Products For Courtyard Security Gates
If you’re tired of being the victim of porch pirates, or want to prevent this from happening to you in the first place, call us at (313) 837-0390 for a free quote and consultation, then browse our diverse selection of security gates.