Aargh! Salt Lake City ranks among worst for porch pirate thefts

Posted at 12:39 PM, Dec 13, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY — New research shows that Salt Lake City residents, more than most around the country, should be asking Santa Claus for a home surveillance system.

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A study from shows that Salt Lake City is the third worst city for porch pirates in the U.S. per capita.

Over the last five years, Salt Lake City saw over 1.3% of its residents searching for missing or stolen packages, trailing behind only Sunnyvale, CA and Bellevue, WA.


  1. Sunnyvale, CA
  2. Bellevue, WA
  4. Alexandria, VA
  5. Hayward, CA
  6. Pomona, CA
  7. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  8. Lakewood, CO
  9. Rochester, NY
  10. Knoxville, TN

As for states, Utah is the 23rd ranked location when it comes to the most lost packages in the country, which isn't too bad... unless, of course, it's your package that was stolen.

The data was compiled using Google AdWords to identify locations with the "most issues with stolen and missing packages over the last five years and in 2022," according to

Overall, this has been a productive year for thieves as the study claims UPS and Amazon have reported a 15% increase in stolen packages in 2022.

Here are some tips to help protect packages this holiday season.

  • Take advantage of delivery alerts, so you can prepare for the exact hour of arrival
  • Ask a neighbor to bring packages in for you, if you are not home at the time
  • Have packages delivered to your office, if you are at work
  • If sending a gift to another person's home, let them know a package is on the way