Texas has come up with a somewhat unique way of dealing with package theft. The holidays are always filled with warnings to keep an eye on any deliveries that get made to your house, as thieves have been known to help themselves to packages left unattended. It's such a problem that we invented the term "porch pirates". Texas is one of the very few states that have taken an extra step to crack down on these pirates of porches.

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Texas Is One Of Few States To Make Package Theft A Felony

If you decide to make "porch pirate" your hobby or vocation, heads up. In the Lone Star State, package theft has been made a felony. It's one of only 8 states to have done so. The states that have made package theft a felony are:

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • New Jersey
  • Michigan
  • Georgia
  • Tenessee
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas

Supposedly, Pennsylvania will be joining the ranks soon. All of this is according to information from Lombardo Homes, who also recently did a study to see just how big the package theft problem is in the US.

How Bad Is The Porch Pirate Package Theft Problem In Texas

Fortunately for Texas, we're one of the states where the porch pirate problem isn't as bad as most. This may be partially due to the harsher consequences for being caught making off with a package off of a porch that doesn't belong to you.

We actually rank in the bottom 5 states for porch pirate problems. The worst state is North Dakota.

According to the information found in the study by Lombardo Homes, 1 in 10 of us has had a package stolen. The majority of us, around 62%, get packages delivered weekly.

Congrats to the Lone Star State on being safer for deliveries than a big majority of the nation. Still would keep an eye on my deliveries.

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