LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — California has the worst porch theft problem in America, a new report said.
According to a recent report by SafeWise, 30 percent of stolen packages in the nation are being stolen in the Golden State.
San Francisco topped the list for the city with the most porch pirates with Los Angeles and Sacramento in the top ten.
Porch pirates struck nearly 26 million Americans in 2017 alone, SafeWise said.
In order to prevent piracy, experts are advising installing a doorbell camera or having your packages delivered to your workplace.
Pasadena Police Department Lt. Bill Grisafe uses a doorbell camera to make sure his packages are safe.
“Once I see that a package has been delivered, I call up my neighbor and they will come and pick it up up the package from my porch,” he said.
Other options include picking up packages at the post office or at UPS and FedEx stores.
Amazon customer Andrew White uses hub lockers after he had a number of packages lost.
“It makes it easier if you’re getting packages from the locker to keep it from being stolen from the porch,” said White.
Experts recommend customers making sure their packages are delivered when someone will be home.
Amazon packages can also be sent with a signature release, meaning that someone will have to sign for the delivery.