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About 23 million Americans have packages swiped from their porch each year, according to this Consumer Affairs article. The thefts are done by “porch pirates,” thieves who wait for merchandise to be left on a homeowner's doorstep when no one is home to receive it.

What can builders do to help make their homes more secure from these types of incidents? Unfortunately, security cameras don't always work so some companies offer products that can help consumers safely receive their packages using smart home technology. Another option, says the article, is installing a package receptacle on the front porch.

A study by August Home found that 74% of packages are stolen during the day, when the consumer is at work and no one is at home. Sixty-nine percent of consumers said they would consider some type of smart technology that would allow delivery personnel access to the home, so they could leave packages inside.

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