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Porch piracy jumps with online sales

Thursday, February 4, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

A new term permeated our vernacular during the recent holiday season: “porch pirate.”
     That’s the name given to thieves who cruise neighborhoods on the lookout for packages left on doorsteps. When they see one, they pull over, casually retrieve it, load it inside their car and drive away.
     Clackamas County police currently seek a porch pirate suspected in a string of thefts around Happy Valley, as reported by KGW.com.
     NBC News reported in December that porch thefts aren’t just a seasonal plague. An estimated 23 million Americans have had packages stolen, and as online sales increase, we can expect more of the same.
     Internet Retailer reported recently that Amazon.com, by far the largest U.S. online retailer, is growing faster than e-commerce as a whole, and “e-commerce is growing must faster than retail sales in stores.”
     The proliferation of home security cameras has made porch piracy a crime often captured on video. Check out this NBC News clip.

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