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Best and Worst States for Amazon Package Theft

Study reveals Wyoming, Vermont and California are the worst states per capita for Amazon package theft. Mississippi is the safest. December and November months have highest theft rates.

Best and Worst States for Amazon Package Theft
Even though Wyoming's larceny rate fell in 2017, it has the highest theft rate per capita for front porch packages.
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Jason Knott · March 22, 2019

The video doorbell camera has quickly become a ubiquitous product category offering for integrators, but which states have the highest risk of having a package stolen from their front porch? 

A recent study by U.S. Packaging & Wrapping, LLC, a full-service packaging company based in central Arkansas, reveals which states have the highest risk of “porch pirate” theft per capita based on Google searches.

The surprising results revealed that the state of Wyoming has the highest rate of Amazon package theft from front porches in the nation. That is surprising because according to the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report, Wyoming’s larceny rate fell 6.5 percent in 2017.

On the flip side, Mississippi had the fewest porch package thefts of any state. California had the most thefts by far, but the state’s huge population enabled it rank as the third-worst state for porch theft.

Related: Top 50 Cities for Amazon Package Theft

Also, December, followed closely by November, are the months with the highest rate of theft. That is not surprising, since UPS alone reported delivering 750 million packages during the holiday season this year, up from 500 million five years ago. The safest month to send a package is May.

The study speculates that May is the safest month because people are starting to spend more time outdoors as the weather improves and simply make fewer online purchases.

The data is good information to use with clients who might be considering a doorbell camera for the first time, or a possible professionally installed upgrade.

Integrators should consider marketing outreach to their clients prior to the months with the highest theft rate.

The most popular video doorbell cameras used by integrators are Amazon Ring, DoorBird, SkyBell, Control4 and Channel Vision. Nest, August, Olive & Dove's Remo, Clare Controls and others also have units on the market. 

As integrators know, front porch package theft has become a widespread problem as online buying as exploded. Previously, a study by Ring revealed that nearly one in five households (19 percent) have been a victim of package theft.

5 Worst States for Porch Pirate Theft

The five worst states for porch pirates are:

  • Wyoming
  • Vermont
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Alaska
 

5 Best States for Porch Pirate Theft

The top five best states with the least amount of porch thievery are:

  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
 

Worst Months for Porch Package Theft

As noted, the holiday season is the worst time for front porch packages to be stolen, while the spring is the safest time for integrators' clients to get packages delivered. 

 

The methodology behind the ranking was analyzing the number of Google searches conducted. The company looked at the volume of searches for terms such as:

  • "stolen package"
  • "amazon package stolen"
  • "usps package stolen"

Those monthly search figures were then divided by per 100,000 population.

To determine the best and worst months, the study analyzed searches from January 2014 through December 2018.



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  About the Author

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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Comments

Posted by JonM on April 11, 2019

Great Article. AV LinkPro is also making the connection to all doorbell cameras for Crestron integrators giving more access to video streams and enhancements that add more security.

Posted by JonM on April 11, 2019

Great Article. AV LinkPro is also making the connection to all doorbell cameras for Crestron integrators giving more access to video streams and enhancements that add more security.