Written By: Aliza Vigderman | Last Updated: October 10, 2023

Editor's Note: Data for this research was taken from surveys we conducted between May and September 2020. In that year, Amazon held its Prime Day sale in October due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. In 2021, Prime Day returned to its typical July schedule. That continued in 2022 and 2023, but in both those years, Amazon also held a Prime Day-like event in October. Due to those recent changes, some of the data in this study might no longer be accurate. For the latest package theft statistics, see our Annual Package Theft Report.

Year after year, Amazon holds its biggest sale event popularly known as Prime Day. It has been a yearly tradition for almost a decade now, and Amazon Prime members all over the world await it.

Our research, however, shows that Prime Members may not be the only ones looking forward to Prime Day. As package deliveries surge after Prime Day, so do the cases of package theft.

This research studies the real impact of package theft on Prime Day deliveries, as well as our expert-recommended methods for stopping Prime Day delivery thefts.

Prime Day and Package Theft

In 2020, Amazon Prime Day revenue was over $10.4 billion1 worldwide. Our internal data, along with data from Google clearly shows spikes in package theft rates during that time. 

It’s important to note, however, that package theft was already at an all-time high (compared to years prior) between May and September 2020 – the months leading to the 2020 Prime Day sale. Our internal data shows that 40 percent of U.S. households reported having at least one package stolen that year, and up to one in five of those happened in the previous three months. Similarly, Google Searches for “stolen packages” spiked by nearly 40 percent. 

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How Much Package Theft Occurs Each Year in America?

The most detailed attempt to quantify package theft comes from Professor José Holguín-Veras, engineering professor and director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, calculated in collaboration with the New York Times. According to Holguín-Veras, 1.7 million packages are stolen or lost everyday in the U.S.; over the period of a year, that amounts to over 620 million packages3. In an interview with Security.org, Holguín-Veras explained what his methodology included:

“incidents reported to the police (incidents, not packages) clearly identified as missing (because no one is sure if they were actually stolen); underreporting of these incidents (the general feeling is that many thefts are underreported); number of packages stolen per theft incident; and the number of internet deliveries made in the U.S. We considered multiple scenarios and settled on the range of values that seemed sensible to us.”

Holguín-Veras’ data supports the idea that package theft cases are directly tied to the number of deliveries made in the U.S. And we know that package deliveries boom following a sale, especially one as large as Prime Day.

Our data analysts expect an increase of around 40-percent in package theft cases in the weeks following Prime Day. With Holguín-Veras’ estimate of 1.7 million package thefts per day, we expect about 2.380 million incidents during Prime Day.

How To Protect Amazon Packages

Don’t become a statistic; protect your Amazon packages this Prime Day. The company offers a variety of different ways to prevent package theft; read on to find out what they are.

Amazon Hub Lockers and Counters

Don’t want delivery workers in your home, yard, garage, or car? Instead, you can have your Amazon packages delivered to their Hub Lockers or Hub Counters, available in over 900 locations in the U.S.

Of course, the rate of package theft also depends on the Prime member’s city of residence, as crime rates4 differ city by city. As a result, Amazon has started to build their Hub Lockers in cities with high property crime rates. The following are the cities with the highest crime rates in the U.S., along with their number of Amazon lockers listed on Google Maps.


City State Property Crime Rate Population Property Crimes Number of Amazon Lockers on Google Maps
Seattle Washington 5.15% 742,759 38,246 180
San Diego California 1.91% 1,436,495 27,416 179
Fort Worth Texas 2.85% 893,756 25,433 119
Las Vegas Nevada 2.84% 1,644,390 46,673 114
San Francisco California 5.53% 889,282 49,214 102
Austin Texas 3.46% 973,344 33,655 94
Denver Colorado 3.67% 720,745 26,464 88
Los Angeles California 2.51% 4,029,741 101,267 88
San Antonio Texas 3.99% 1,539,328 61,478 87
Boston Massachusetts 2.02% 694,673 14,007 78
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 3.10% 1,586,916 49,145 61
New York New York 1.50% 8,523,171 128,051 60
Chicago Illinois 3.18% 2,719,151 86,513 59
Dallas Texas 3.25% 1,362,465 44,266 49
Charlotte North Carolina 3.75% 931,235 34,881 48
Washington District of Columbia 4.27% 702,455 29,993 45
Jacksonville Florida 3.33% 903,213 30,112 38
Phoenix Arizona 3.49% 1,653,080 57,732 36
Indianapolis Indiana 4.13% 877,584 36,237 32
Nashville Tennessee 4.01% 686,492 27,537 29
Houston Texas 4.01% 2,344,966 94,033 21
Columbus Ohio 3.53% 892,576 31,512 21
El Paso Texas 1.51% 688,442 10,365 14
Honolulu Hawaii 2.94% 982,019 28,886 7
San Jose California 2.46% 1,047,305 25,753 7

Although Amazon doesn’t disclose the total number of lockers in the U.S., there’s clearly a correlation between property crime rates and the number of lockers per city.

  • Hub Lockers: Hub Lockers are areas in convenience stores, supermarkets, Whole Foods, which Amazon owns, and apartment buildings, where customers can pick up their packages whenever they want through a self-service kiosk. Just select your preferred locker location during checkout; once your package is delivered, you’ll receive a six-digit code, which you enter to remove your package. And the best part? If you need to return the package for whatever reason, you can just drop it off at a locker, even if it’s not the one you used for delivery. Here’s what’s eligible for Hub Lockers:
    • Item 10 pounds or less
    • Items smaller than 16 x 12 x 14 inches
    • Items costing less than $5,000
    • Items without any hazardous materials
    • No Subscribe & Save items
    • No items shipping from outside the U.S.
    • No items for Release-Date Delivery.
  • Hub Counters: A bit less common than Hub Lockers, Hub Counters, first announced in June 2019, are available in over 1,500 Rite Aid stores across the country. Instead of using a self-service kiosk, you’ll simply go up to the staff and show them the barcode you got with the email that announced your package delivery. The staff will scan the barcode and retrieve your package, so long as you’re within 14 days of the delivery date. The requirements for products are the following:
    • Smaller than 33 pounds or 36 x 24 x 24 inches, although depending on the retailer, these limits may be even more restrictive
    • No items that require special handling
    • No Subscribe & Save items
    • No Release-Date Delivery items
    • Must be available for shipping within 24 hours.

If you live in an area with a Hub Locker or Hub Counter and your products are eligible, these are surefire ways to avoid package thefts. But alas, this doesn’t cover everything or all packages, so we have some additional tips for the masses.

Delivery Instructions

Before you click on “one-click purchase,” you can customize your delivery instructions to ensure that your package is safe. Schedule the delivery for a time you know you’ll be home, or give instructions to place your package out of view, like in your backyard or behind a bush. You can also require a signature or give the workers a code to a lockbox or parcel box. Also, get a lockbox or parcel box in the first place!

Deliver It To Someone Else

If you can’t be home during the time of delivery, send your packages to someone who will be! This could be a neighbor, friend, or family member, and if you don’t have any of those, a TaskRabbit worker. Also, don’t forget your local post office!

Delivery Alerts

Make sure that you get alerted when your packages are delivered, whether you’ll be home or not. Especially if you have a security camera or video doorbell, this will help you keep track of your packages after they’re delivered.

Spotlights and Signs

We also recommend that you get motion-activated spotlights to shine a light on crimes, literally, or security signs warning intruders that you have cameras and alarms. Sometimes, all you need is a little visibility for the potential package thieves to choose another home.

Security Camera Options

Any security camera or video doorbell is better than nothing, but the following are ideal for the Key by Amazon programs:

  • Ring Indoor Cam: You can buy this camera on its own for $60, or in a bundle with the MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener.
  • Ring Stick Up Cam Elite: This outdoor camera is sold in a bundle with the Ring Access Controller Pro, but you can buy it on its own for $199.99.
  • Ring Video Doorbell Elite: Another video doorbell offered with the Ring Access Controller Pro, as a standalone item, the Video Doorbell Elite costs $349.99.

Key by Amazon

The Key by Amazon program lets Amazon delivery people enter customers’ homes, garages, gates, and even cars using smart locks and smart garage door and gate controllers. However, there are a lot of requirements and caveats, so we’ve compiled them for you here.

  • Key for Home: Key for Home is normally an option, but it’s paused during COVID-19. Nevertheless, under normal circumstances, it would work with any smart lock compatible with Ring video doorbells or cameras or the Amazon Cloud Cam. Now, the Amazon Cloud Cam comes in two forms: the original or the Key Edition. Here are the available locks that work with the Key Edition Cloud Cam, along with their current prices on Amazon:
    • Kwikset Smartcode 914: $114.75
    • Kwikset Smartcode Obsidian: from $110
    • Kwikset Convert: $68.93
    • Yale Assure 226: from $154.95 plus $6.99 shipping
    • Yale Assure 256: $225.99

    With these keys, you’ll be able to use Alexa to lock your door, unlock your door with a voice PIN, and check the status of your lock5. Now, if you want to block the delivery driver for whatever reason, you can take away access in the Key by Amazon app, as the codes aren’t shared directly with the driver.

  • Key for Garage: This option is available during COVID, as it’s completely contactless. Essentially, the user will be notified when the garage door is opened and closed. Any garage door manufactured by a major brand after 1993 that includes standard safety sensors will work with Key for Garage, but you can check eligibility on Amazon directly, searching by type, brand, and whether or not there’s a Wi-Fi logo. This includes both single panel and sectional doors. But if you don’t already have a compatible garage door opener, here are your options:
    • myQ Smart Garage Hub: This $38.99 smart hub can also be purchased with an add-on door sensor for $26.03 or with a Wi-Fi extender for $56.98 extra if your Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your garage.
    • myQ Smart Garage Hub and Ring Indoor Cam: The hub is also bundled with the Ring Indoor Cam for $98.98, although you can get a $30 Amazon credit with the code KEY30 at checkout.
  • Key for Gate: If you lack a garage, Amazon’s delivery workers can also leave your packages inside your gate for safekeeping. Here’s how it works: the workers will receive one-time access on the delivery date, opening your gate through the Key by Amazon app, so long as it has electrical access control that can be triggered with a relay. However, note that Key by Gate requires the Ring Access Controller Pro, which itself needs to be installed by a professional. This process may take a while, as once you order it, the Controller will be installed within a 90-day window; you can search for providers in our area on Amazon directly. Another thing to note? The Ring Access Controller Pro comes in two forms, cellular and ethernet:
    • Cellular: The cellular model comes with an AT&T SIM card, although the cost of the data isn’t rolled to the customer; rather, it’s included with the purchase of the device itself.
    • Ethernet: For the ethernet model, you’ll need to use an existing ethernet connection so you can connect your port to your home’s Wi-Fi network.

    While both models cost $299.99 on their own, Amazon has bundled the Ethernet model with the Stick Up Cam Elite for $499.98 and with the Video Doorbell Elite for $649.98. To state the obvious, the Key for Gate option is one of the more expensive ways to prevent package theft, although it’s extremely effective and minimally invasive.

  • Key for Car: Believe it or not, you can also get your Amazon packages delivered straight to your car, so long as it’s parked within a publicly accessible area about two blocks of your delivery address. At checkout, you’ll select in-car delivery and choose a four-hour delivery window. Once your driver is headed to your car, you’ll be notified, and once they approach the car, it’ll be unlocked through an encrypted authentication process. Once your car is locked back up and your delivery is complete, you’ll be notified. For two-day shipping, delivery typically takes place from 11 AM until three PM, while same-day delivery is more likely to fall into the five PM to nine PM range. However, not all products are eligible for Key for Car; they can’t be over 50 pounds, for example. Also, not all cars work with Key for Car. Here’s what’s compatible:
    • Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMS, Volvo 2015 and newer; model must include an active connected car service plan like OnStar and On Call
    • Some Ford 2017 and newer models with FordPass connect
    • Lincoln 2018 and newer models with Lincoln Connect
    • 2018 or newer Hondas with an active HondaLink Remote Package
    • 2019 or newer Acura RDX with active AcuraLink Remote Package.

So, what if your package still doesn’t make it to you, even with a Key by Amazon program? Well, Amazon offers its customers the Key by Amazon Happiness Guarantee; if your delivery wasn’t completed or if it was damaged, you can contact support in the Key by Amazon app; within 30 days of delivery, someone will help you resolve your case, so long as you have proof of your claims.

Another pretty big caveat is that Key by Amazon isn’t available in all U.S cities, but if you live in any of the following places, you’ll be covered:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fresno, CA
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hartford, CT
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles and Orange County, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Richmond, VA
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco Bay area, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Seattle and Eastside, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Stockton, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Washington, DC metro area
  • Wilmington, DE.


We can learn from the data available that package theft cases tend to spike during and right after big sale events like Prime Day. Acknowledging that is the first step. The next step is taking the necessary measures to prevent – or at least lessen the chances of – your packages being taken right from your doorstep. Package theft may seem like an inevitability, but with Amazon’s programs and by fortifying your home security, you can keep your packages safe from theft. 


Data for this report comes from more than 1,800 American household decision makers from May, August, and September 2020.  We asked about Amazon Prime status in our September survey a set of detailed questions about their upcoming online purchases, home ownership and package deliveries. Data also comes from Security.org’s internal package theft and Google Trends. Security.org's research team focuses on physical safety, digital safety, and identity theft. What it means to be safe has expanded beyond just home security and means protecting our personal and financial data and digital footprint. We study the issues facing modern society and partner with organizations and research institutions to broader America's understanding and awareness of digital safety.


  1. trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2019-01-01%202019-12-31&geo=US&q=package%20stolen
  2. statista.com/statistics/728120/annual-amazon-prime-day-sales/
  3. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/10/package-theft-how-amazon-google-others-are-fighting-porch-pirates.html
  4. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/tables/table-6
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Key/dp/B075LY9H6H