iParcelBox shows growth in doorstep parcel thefts

Secure domestic parcel box company iParcelBox has published research suggesting that doorstep thefts of e-commerce parcels have grown by 22% in the last three years.

iParcelBox sent Freedom of Information requests to 23 police forces, of which showed that from a baseline of 786 thefts reported in 2016-17 this had grown to 962 in 2018-19.

“It’s clear that the online shopping surge is fuelling a new crimewave of parcel thefts across the UK. For opportunistic thieves, the chance to steal an unattended parcel that is sitting on the doorstep is irresistible.

Asking the delivery driver to place your package under a flowerpot or behind your wheelie bin when you’re out should no longer be an option. Instead, it’s vital that all online shoppers ensure they have a secure, easy to use, delivery box in place to receive their parcels,” said Paul Needler, founder, iParcelBox.

Lancashire Constabulary had the highest number of reported thefts with 292 thefts in total, of which there were 108 reports in the last 12 months. Devon and Cornwall Police were next with 264 thefts total and 91 in the last year. 

At the other end of the scale was Nottinghamshire Constabulary with 21 thefts over the three years. Meanwhile Durham recorded 28.

Of the millions of deliveries every month nationwide, these figures represent a very low rate even among the ‘hotspots’ but do reveal that companies and customers alike should think of greater security measures when planning to have parcels left outside of their home when they are out.


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