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Could your packages become more susceptible to porch pirates?

Posted at 5:37 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 17:37:53-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — Porch Pirates - you've probably heard about them. You may have even been targeted by one.

David Grosskopf, the president of the Buffalo chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers union, said there could be more porch pirates in the future.

Amazon has private contractors working in Buffalo, and is also exploring the idea of a service like Uber for deliveries. Grosskopt said private companies don't have specific regulations making sure packages are delivered safe.

"We call that drop and run okay and what happens is a lot of this carrier services just drop it on the porch."

Amazon's service is only in a few select services. It is not yet clear if it will be coming to Buffalo.

Grosskopfs issue isn't with Amazon, though. It's with all private mail carriers like UPS and Fedex.

"Which we see a lot unfortunately with the private courier services people steal things."

7 Eyewitness News reached out to Amazon, Fedex and UPS for a comment about this story. Only UPS responded.

"Our drivers are trained and employed directly by the company, and are easily identified by the UPS uniform and delivery vehicle. Packages delivered by UPS can be tracked on and with UPS My Choice," a UPS spokesperson said.