Package Theft Prevention

How to keep packages from being stolen

Having a package swiped is infuriating—but you don’t have to put up with it. Proactive security moves can help keep your goods out of the hands of porch pirates.

Tech to thwart porch pirates

Doorbell cameras can help you catch a porch pirate in the act and shoo them away whether you’re at home or not.

Cove is the proud sponsor of our 2021 Package Theft Report

Cove is committed to keeping package thieves away from your parcels. Here are 4 ways a Cove security system helps you send porch pirates packing. ⬇️

  1. Tell package thieves to buzz off using the two-way audio in Cove’s video doorbell camera.
  2. Know when someone approaches your porch with a motion sensor that alerts you to sneaky package poachers
  3. Catch porch pirates in the act with alerts from a Cove outdoor security camera.
  4. Make package thieves think twice when they see your “Protected by Cove” yard sign.

But you don’t have to stop at the front door. Cove has home security solutions that protect everything from the front porch to the back deck. Find out how easy it is to secure your home with Cove.

What to do if a package is stolen

Sometimes—no matter what you do—a package still gets pilfered. We’ve got the steps to take if porch pirates sail away with your booty.

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Package theft statistics

Millions of packages are stolen every year, and it’s only getting worse as more people shop from home. It’s hard to get the full story about how often package theft happens, the value of stolen items, and the success rate for recovery because there’s no central way of tracking it in the US.

How worried are people about package theft?

Americans worry more about having a package stolen than experiencing violent crime, gun violence, or any other property crime.

To help fill the gap, we’ve been studying package theft for the past several years. Our independent surveys and research have been featured by multiple outlets including CNBC, Marketplace, Woman’s Day, and First for Women magazine. Get the full story in our complete report.

Meet our expert

Ben Stickle

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Dr. Ben Stickle is a former sheriff’s deputy and crime scene processor. He’s an expert on policing, metal theft, and porch piracy. Ben has published dozens of academic publications and presented at both national and international conferences (including at the United Nations). He’ss also made prominent appearances in the media, including on Good Morning America and CSPAN.

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

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