Porch Piracy

How to prevent package theft

Experiencing package theft is frustrating, and the claims process can be even worse.

If you want to protect your orders consider these options to protect your packages while you're away from home.

Schedule for in-person delivery

The best way to prevent porch piracy theft is to receive your packages in person. You can do this by informing your postal service company that you require a signature for delivery, or by making sure that your mail is delivered to an address where somebody is always present. If you're regularly away from home, see if a neighbor is willing to accept delivery. Or, if it's okay with your employer and your package is small, designate your workplace as the shipping address.

Use a lockbox service

A second way to prevent stolen mail is to have packages delivered to a lockbox through a service such as Amazon Locker. Some grocery or convenience stores also offer this type of service, or you can have your package delivered to your local FedEx, UPS or USPS center and pick it up there. If you fancy a shorter trip than a drive to the post office, you can buy a combination-protected lockbox that sits on your porch and protects smaller packages until you get home.

Insure your packages

If you're ordering a high-value item online, such as a new iPhone or tablet, pay a few extra dollars to insure its delivery. You can usually do this either with the vendor or through the delivery service.

Install a security camera

There are many cheap home security cameras that are easy to install around the perimeter of your home. Most of these cameras sync with your wifi and even a phone app, so you can check in on packages left throughout the day.


The mere presence of these cameras may be enough to ward off would-be porch pirates, but even if it doesn't, you'll at least have evidence for a police report.


An added bonus: installing these cameras may qualify you for a homeowners insurance discount.

Porch Pirates: 6 Steps to Take if Your Package Gets Stolen From Your Door

Nearly one in three online shoppers has had a package stolen from their front porch or doorway, according to a survey of e-commerce customers by Shorr Packaging. And with the recent, sharp uptick in online shopping, the so-called "porch pirates" who pilfer these packages are just getting started.


Eurway emphasizes that when you place an order with us – or ANY online merchant – please be aware that you will receive tracking emails that help you know when your goods will arrive. It’s important that you’re available to receive your package, or you have a trusted individual to do so.


If you are unlucky enough to have a package stolen from your front door, here's some tips:

Step 1: Track the package

If you suspect your package was stolen, the first thing you should do is check your purchase confirmation email for tracking information. Typically, you will receive a tracking number that you can use to track the item's shipping status. Sometimes all you need to do is click this number or button, but other times, you may need to copy the number and enter it on the website of the shipping company.


It's normal for shipments to face delays, especially now. The shipping status will show you where your package was last registered or the date on which it was delivered to the shipping address.


If the item is listed as having been delivered, continue to step 2.

Step 2: Check if your neighbors saw it or held onto it for you

If you've verified that the item was delivered, check with your neighbors. It’s embarrassing to unleash your wrath on a customer support representative, only to discover the kind lady next door saw your package and took it in order to prevent it from getting stolen or rained on. Even if they don't have your package, your neighbors might have seen it earlier in the day.

Step 3: Contact the seller or retailer

If it appears that your package has been stolen, contact the seller or retailer that sold you the item. Eurway handles suspected theft occurrences on a case-by-case basis. Different retailers have different policies and processes for handling stolen items.

Step 4: File a claim with the shipping company

Sometimes, retailers try to shift responsibility to the shipping company or require you to file a complaint and wait a certain number of days to find out for certain whether your package won't be delivered.


If you encounter this scenario, you might want to file a claim with the shipping company as well. UPS, FedEx, USPS and most freight carriers provide an online claims process to report your missing item, and you can also contact them by phone.

Step 5: Use the purchase protection features on your credit Card

Many credit cards offer purchase protection that will reimburse you for stolen items — as long as the item was purchased entirely with that credit card and the card issuer is notified within a specified timeframe.


Check your credit card provider's website to check for this coverage and to file a claim. Unfortunately, some credit card companies exclude coverage for high-value items (typically anything worth over $500 to $1,000). Some may require you to file a police report before they'll offer a refund. Finally, credit card purchase protection is often defined as secondary coverage, which means it only kicks in after you've already utilized primary coverage such as home or renters insurance. That brings us to step six.

Step 6: Claim high-value items with your homeowners Insurance

Most homeowners or renters insurance policies cover stolen packages. Unfortunately, this is only helpful for purchases that are worth more than your policy’s deductible.

Given that most homeowners insurance deductibles run between $500 to $2,000 or more, filing a claim won’t make sense for most stolen packages.

Even if the lost item is more than the deductible, you’ll need to weigh the possibility of your homeowners insurance company increasing your premiums due to your claim, not to mention the hassle of filing the claim itself.