The company Bid-On-Equipment recently analyzed Google data in U.S. cities to determine where package theft has seen an increase during the pandemic.

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Here's are some of the findings

  • 36% of Americans have reported having a package stolen within the last year.
  • Buffalo, NY ranked #6 for package theft-related searches from March to November of 2020.
  • Buffalo, NY had 511 searches for every 100,000 Buffalo residents.
  • Of the top five cities on the list, four have a median income above the national average, which is $61,937 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Cities with a higher median income ranked higher for package theft-related searches in our analysis.
Photo Credit: Bid-On-Equipment
Photo Credit: Bid-On-Equipment

It’s clear that cities from coast to coast have been affected by “porch pirates.”

Cities in the Midwest, Northeast, West and Southeast can all be found in the top 10. St. Louis tops the list followed by Minneapolis, Jersey City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Buffalo, Seattle, Oakland, Orlando and Cincinnati.

California was found to be home to the largest number of cities on the list, not surprising considering that it is the most populous state in the country.

Some of the nation’s largest cities ranked lower on the top 50 list.  New York for example ranked No. 46 and Chicago ranked No. 42.

It’s difficult to determine why the cities cited and others are experiencing high volumes of package theft, however, one factor could be the concentration of wealth within many of the cities. With higher income on hand, consumers might be more likely to order items online.

This study reminds us that it’s important to keep a watchful eye on package deliveries whenever you've ordered online. Thieves have been known to quickly grab packages off porches and doorsteps. Security cameras, shipment tracking as well as requiring a signature for deliveries are ways that consumers can keep their deliveries safe.

Take a look at the full report.

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