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Package theft increasing despite working from home, porch pirates [Video]

67% of Americans report doing more online shopping since the pandemic began. But police say the flip side is that more people are home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — Porch pirates are at it with a vengeance right now, according to law enforcement authorities. 

A recent national study revealed 50% of Americans have reported being the victims of package theft in the past year. That’s up 10% from last year, according to the home security advocacy organization Safewise. But what’s different this year is the pandemic.

While 67% of Americans report doing more online shopping since the pandemic began, police say the flip side is that more people are home due to COVID-19 restrictions creating the potential for theft deterrence.

In Prince George’s County police are encouraging those who might be working from home to stay vigilant, and to keep an eye out for their neighbors as well. 

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