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6 Ways to Prevent Porch Piracy

Posted July 30, 2018, by Matt Morelli

In an age where online shopping has become increasingly prevalent, the threat of porch piracy has risen dramatically. Porch piracy refers to the act of stealing packages from doorsteps, leaving homeowners frustrated and disappointed. However, by implementing a few practical measures, you can protect your deliveries and deter potential thieves.

In this blog, we will explore six effective strategies to prevent porch piracy and keep your packages secure.

Person Taking Package From Porch

Request Discreet Packaging

To avoid attracting unwanted attention, request discreet packaging whenever possible. Opt for plain, unbranded boxes that don't reveal the valuable contents within. By minimizing the visibility of enticing items, you decrease the temptation for potential thieves.

Opt for Secure Delivery Options

One of the simplest ways to prevent porch piracy is to choose secure delivery options. Consider utilizing services that offer delivery to secure locations, such as lockers or designated pickup points. Alternatively, request signatures upon delivery to ensure packages are handed directly to you or a trusted neighbor.

Install Security Cameras

Installing security cameras near your porch or entryway is an excellent deterrent for potential porch pirates. Visible cameras act as a warning, significantly reducing the likelihood of theft. Additionally, they provide valuable evidence in case an incident does occur.

Schedule Deliveries Wisely

If you know you won't be home during the delivery window, try scheduling deliveries for a time when you or someone you trust will be available. Coordinate deliveries with a neighbor, a friend, or even your workplace to ensure that packages are received promptly and not left unattended.

Utilize Package Tracking

Take advantage of package tracking services provided by most shipping companies. By monitoring the progress of your shipments, you can anticipate their arrival and make necessary arrangements to be present or have someone retrieve the package on your behalf.

Engage Your Community (AKA Be Neighborly)

Building a strong sense of community can significantly contribute to preventing porch piracy. Consider joining or creating neighborhood watch groups or online communities where residents can look out for one another. By staying connected and communicating about suspicious activities, you can collectively discourage porch pirates and increase the security of your neighborhood.


Porch piracy is an unfortunate reality in today's world, but taking proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to this crime. By implementing the strategies outlined above - opting for secure delivery options, scheduling deliveries wisely, installing security cameras, utilizing package tracking, requesting discreet packaging, and engaging your community - you can safeguard your deliveries and discourage porch pirates. Let's work together to protect our packages and ensure a safer and more secure shopping experience for all.

Remember, by taking a few extra steps, you can significantly minimize the chances of porch piracy, keeping your valuable packages right where they belong - in your hands. Stay vigilant, be proactive, and enjoy the convenience of online shopping without the worry of porch theft.

If you’re a shipper, and you want to learn more about how U-PIC can help you protect your packages, please feel free to contact us anytime at support@u-pic.com or call us at 800-955-4623. We are here to help!

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