"Porch Pirates" and Other Modern Day Troubles... by denmarkguy

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· @denmarkguy ·
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"Porch Pirates" and Other Modern Day Troubles...
To be perfectly honest, I hadn't heard the term *"Porch Pirates"* till maybe a couple of years ago, but it's a growing issue — at least here in the US of A.

What's a *"Porch Pirate?"*


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Well, it's someone who's (usually) in a car or van and they drive s-l-o-o-w-l-y through (mostly) suburban neighborhoods looking for shipped web order packages that have been left on the front steps or *porch* of a house by UPS, FedEx or the postal service...  and if it appears that nobody's home, they'll bold walk up to the front door, nab the packages, and drive off... till the next street over where they'll do the same thing again.

There are often two people in the vehicle... the *driver* and the *scout/runner* who actually *takes* packages.

Now, I'd certainly *heard* of people having had their packages stolen from the porch... but somehow I'd always imagined it to be a somewhat isolated issue. 

But in this age where so many people are now stuck in their houses much of the time, the volume of *ordering in* has evidently turned *"Porch Pirating"* into quite an epidemic. 

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What's more, the pirates are getting bolder. Knowing that many people now *are* at home, they get hold of convincing looking uniforms to emulate UPS/FedEx drivers... so if they are somehow noticed and questioned, they'll either say *"just collecting a pickup"* or maybe *"tracking number says we delivered this to the wrong address."* Of course, the fact that they are *"in uniform"* usually raises them above suspicion...

... AND since many carriers are hiring *"relief workers"* to help cope with the Covid-inflated shipping volumes, the fact that they come out of *plain* vans doesn't raise *that* much suspicion.

Evidently, Porch Pirates are also getting *pickier* or *more skilled* at recognizing the sort of packages that might contain something valuable, like a laptop, PlayStation, smartphone or other item that would be readily sellable or could be taken to a pawnbroker for cash. Odds are the seeds for your garden are quite safe, but your new iPhone *isn't.*


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## *Close to Home...*

Anyway, I *still* thought Porch Pirates were pretty rare... *until* it recently happened to our own daughter, who lives over in Seattle.

Sure enough, she'd gotten a phone notification that something she'd ordered online had been delivered to her house *(she was at work in downtown Seattle, at the time)*, but when she came home there was no package to be seen.

So now she and her fiancé have both a front door security camera that can send a *live* video stream to her phone, *and* all their packages are delivered into their garage via some kind of arrangement they have with their delivery drivers. 

It just strikes me sad that *"it has come to this,"* and we basically have to be *mistrustful* all the time.

I guess that totally nixes the idea of having a roadside veggies stand with payment by the *"honors system..."*

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your week!

***How about YOU? Are there "Porch Pirates" where you are? Have you ever HEARD of Porch Pirates? Or is mail and delivery secure, where you are? Give me a shout back... Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!***

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@owasco ·
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Have you seen the videos of the guys who leave packages specifically for these guys to steal, that explode with glitter when they are opened by one of these pirates? They are hilarious. 

It hasn't happened where I live, but nothing happens where I live. 
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@denmarkguy ·
Oh yes! That dude who's an engineer at NASA and built these elaborate glitter bomb/fart machines... I've seen those. Funny stuff!

Haven't had anything lost here, but others in our neighborhood have.
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@owasco ·
lol I forgot about the fart part. 

*the fart part
makes all the difference
in the funny*


(I'm on a poetry writing roll. don't mind me...) 
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