Examples of porch pirate
Examples of porch pirate
Where does porch pirate come from?
Not only do you have to worry about what gifts you’ll be giving to your loved ones, but you also have to make sure no one steals them from you. A porch pirate is someone that steals newly delivered packages from other people’s porches, hence the name. They often target larger packages, which may indicate a higher value item.
The phrase porch pirate dates back to the early 2010s. It was entered on Urban Dictionary in 2011 and debuted on Twitter in 2011. The term, and problem, spread in the decade as more and more people shopped online. The term was furthered by social media and local news reporting on the phenomenon—and as more people installed smart doorbells and cameras like Ring, which can provide video of activity around doorways.
Cities with a high economic disparity, such as San Francisco, are frequently reported to have more occurrences of porch pirate thefts than other cities. Other cities with high rates include metropolitan areas with dense populations, such as Austin, Baltimore, and Seattle.
Porch pirate talk spiked again in 2019 beginning at the end of November, with holiday sales around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Be on the lookout for this porch pirate pic.twitter.com/I07714ptdk
— COX (@joshcox8) December 19, 2019
Who uses porch pirate?
Porch pirate, as you probably guess, isn’t used kindly, for as clever as the term may be.
News outlets on TV and radio, especially local ones, report on porch pirates every year. These reports often include ways to prevent porch pirates from plundering your house. They also feature local porch pirates captured on video.
Nice surprise walking into work today… The Air Fryer I bought on Black Friday was delivered, can’t wait to try it out!
Oh & after all the porch pirate stories we’ve been doing, I heeded some advice I heard in one story and delivered it to the station haha! pic.twitter.com/aeMJv5XPiJ
— Chernéy Amhara (@CherneyAmharaTV) December 5, 2019
Porch pirates also comes up in ways people (often virally) outwit would-be thieves by filling empty packages, usually from Amazon, with undesirable items that emit strong smells or even trash. (Popular choices are dirty baby diapers and fart sprays.)
With the spread of home security cameras and smart doorbells, many people have taken to exposing porch pirates on social media.
West Covina please be aware of porch pirates during this holiday season. This package theft incident happened yesterday near Garvey & Holt. Ring surveillance footage captured a man using a rented U Haul truck to steal multiple packages off the front porch of a West Covina home. pic.twitter.com/cHigf8qULa
— westcovina626sgv (@626westcovina) December 13, 2019