Cyber Shopping Alert: 90,000 Packages Disappear from the Mail Every Day in New York City Alone

With Cyber Monday now done, it is being reported that online shoppers lose 90,000 packages of Internet purchases every single day in New York City alone, according to the New York Times.

Package thieves are so pervasive in some places — including Denver, Chicago, and Washington D.C. — that some communities are inventing package cooperatives to thwart the thieves.

For instance, according to the paper, some apartment buildings are designating one resident to gather up all packages left by mailmen and delivery services and to hold them until the other residents are home and can pick them up.

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Other online shoppers, though, are finding they are in tough spots when they can’t be home to receive their packages. Many are having the packages sent to their place of employment, but more and more businesses are telling employees that all non-business deliveries will be promptly returned to the sender.

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There are also several startup companies that are taking receipt of online deliveries for customers and holding them until the buyer can pick them up, for a fee, of course.

But solutions are not yet universal, and according to the Times, more packages are being sent through the mails every day. And the criminals are loving it:

In New York City, where more orders are delivered than anywhere else in the country, over 90,000 packages a day are stolen or disappear without explanation, up roughly 20 percent from four years ago, according to an analysis conducted for The New York Times.

About 15 percent of all deliveries in urban areas fail to reach customers because of package theft and other less frequent issues, like deliveries to the wrong house, according to transportation experts.

Even the New York Police have sent out warnings to Big Apple residents:

Granted there are tracking services for packages as they course through the mails, but that can’t help someone stuck at work while a package ends up sitting at the front door of their home acting like a beacon for package thieves.

The big cities are not the only places packages go mysteriously missing:

Around the country, more than 1.7 million packages are stolen or go missing every day — adding up to more than $25 million in lost goods and services, according to an analysis for The Times by José Holguín-Veras, an engineering professor and director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems.

In any case, this is a problem that is not going away any time soon.

Don’t be a victim. Think ahead of time how you are going to get your packages.

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