With over 1.7 million packages stolen or lost every day in the US, it is not surprising that most of us are wary of leaving packages on the porch for more than a few minutes.
Provo, UT-based home security systems company Vivint surveyed 1013 people about their experiences with purchases that have been sent to their homes.
Porch piracy is a huge issue in the US, and getting refunds is difficult. Only 54% of porch prate victims were refunded when reporting a package as stolen.
The survey showed that an average of 29% of Americans reported having had a package stolen from their porch, front door or mailbox.
In urban areas, over two in five (41%) reported having a package stolen. One in five (20%) had packages stolen from their house, and 44% had packages stolen from their apartment.
The most stolen items were clothing (33%), followed by books, toys and games (23%), and health or personal care products (22%).
Monday was the most common day for package theft, with 34% of packages stolen on that day. Almost two in three packages (56%) were stolen in the afternoons.
Due to its dominance in the market, over 52% of packages stolen were Amazon Prime packages, followed by USPS (43%).
These stolen packages tended to be high-value items, with an average value of $106 of packages left unattended in a typical month.
So how do you protect your parcels? Well, the obvious answer seems to be — be at home when the package is dropped off.
But as many delivery drivers seem to put the package at the front door, take a photo of the image to prove it was left there, and then get back into their van to get to their next drop off, how can you ensure you get the package you ordered?
If you know when your package is scheduled to arrive, then you will stand a better chance of being around when the package is delivered. Around one-third of us subscribe to delivery alerts.
Giving instructions on where to drop the package off or get the delivery driver to leave it in a safe place is the favoured option for 23% of respondents.
Almost one in nine (13%) have the packages sent to their workplace, and one in five (22%) install an outdoor security camera or video doorbell.
If you are not going to be around, get your package sent to an Amazon Hub locker, and collect your packages when it is convenient to you, or get a work-from-home friend to take the package n for you.
Stopping boundary bandits from cruising the neighbourhood looking for packages to steal will benefit the vendors who try to fulfil your order and keep you satisfied with the goods you want arriving on time.
Get a security camera, work from home if you can, and make sure your package is delivered to your safe location at a time you choose. It will cost you less in the long run.
Enrique Alemán Jr., 50, has spent the past few years talking with numerous students in Texas and across the United States about how his mother and other Mexican American children in Driscoll, Texas, were treated in the 1950s by school officials who claimed they couldn’t speak or understand English.
“I think it’s very bad for students of all races to not talk about the uncomfortable aspects of our history. And it’s especially bad for Latino youth to not understand that Texas has been a violent, racist, discriminatory place to live,” Alemán Jr. told CNN.
HB3979 states that social studies teachers can’t “require” or include in their courses, the concept that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” or the concept that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
It also notes that “a teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.” Teachers, according to the bill, also can’t require or give extra credit for a student’s political activism.The legislation proposed by Senate Republicans, SB3, intends to extend the restrictions to all teachers, regardless of subject or grade level.
Mexican American children sued their school and wonIn 1955, a group of children and their parents sued the Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District for placing Mexican American children in the first grade for a period of three years solely because they were of Mexican descent, according to the federal lawsuit.
The school district in Driscoll, a town of nearly 800 people about two hours south of San Antonio, said in court that students were only placed in separate classrooms because of their lack of English proficiency. School officials said it deprived other students from teachers’ attention and instruction, and not because of their country of origin, court documents show.After several students appeared in court to testify that they were fluent in English, US District Judge James V. Allred ruled in 1957 that it was unreasonable to place students in separate classrooms based their race or origin.
CNN reached out to the current superintendent and board members of the Driscoll Independent School District for comment multiple times.
Alemán Jr. was about 10 years old when he picked up his mother’s high school yearbook and his mother shared two details of her life that, at the time, he didn’t comprehend.
As a young girl in Driscoll, Lupe Alemán was part of a court case, and by the time she graduated high school, she was nearly 21 years old, Alemán Jr. says his mother told him.
It was more than two decades later that Alemán Jr. realized what his mother was referring to.Alemán Jr. was 33 years old when he saw a documentary on TV about Hector P. Garcia, a Texas civil rights advocate who founded the American G.I. Forum, a group that helped Mexican American veterans fight discrimination. The documentary recounts Garcia’s life and activism, including how the group filed a federal lawsuit in the mid-1950s against the school district in Driscoll.
“I immediately had a flashback and remembered what my mother told me,” he said.
His mother, who was born in Driscoll, lived there until she was a young adult and would have been about 9 years old when the lawsuit was filed, Alemán Jr. said.
But he couldn’t just pick up the phone and ask his mother about the case. His mom had died a few months before he watched the documentary, he said.
“I was amazed and I was upset,” Alemán Jr. said, adding that his mother and two of his aunts testified in court. “I didn’t understand why nobody ever talked about it.”
As Alemán Jr. continued his education and he focused his research on the inequities that Black and brown students face in school, he couldn’t forget about his family’s history.In 2012, he traveled across Texas to meet several of the children who testified along with his mother for the Hernandez v Driscoll CISD case and produced a documentary called “Stolen Education.”
He learned that some were punished for speaking Spanish in school or had seen classmates being paddled by teachers. Some graduated high school and others dropped out of school to work or join the military, he said.
They went on with their lives, Alemán Jr. says, but “there’s still something in them that feels like they didn’t reach their full potential because of the way that they started out.”
There’s been a long fight for ethnic studies in Texas
Educators and advocates say they are concerned the new law will have negative implications for the decades-long effort to make the history being taught in Texas schools more inclusive.More than 52% of the 5.3 million children enrolled in kindergarten to 12th grade across Texas in the last school year were Hispanic or Latino, Texas Education Agency (TEA) data shows.
Yet, curriculum standards to teach Mexican American studies, only as an elective high school course, were only approved in 2018 after years of debate.
Sonia Hernandez, an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, who works with the nonprofit Refusing to Forget to shine light on the killings of Mexican Americans by Texas Rangers in the 1910s and 1920s, said she was saddened to see that an “unfounded idea” could become a set back for advocates and educators in the state.
“Just so many years of great effort are being pushed aside because of the unfounded idea that if we talk about issues of racial inequality, if we talk about how certain groups of people were marginalized and were treated as second- class citizens — even if they were in fact US citizens — that would lead to some kind of unpatriotic history,” Hernandez said.
“We are doing our students a disservice, we are telling them that we think they’re not intellectually equipped to understand a complex history of their own country,” she added.For Tony Diaz, an author and activist, the new law and efforts around the “critical race theory” legislation echoes the sentiment behind the Arizona law that banned Mexican American studies in public schools about a decade ago.
“Those same tendencies are back in a new form,” said Diaz, who campaigned against the ban in Arizona schools by launching Librotraficante, a caravan to take books banned under the same law to Arizona.
The Texas law intends to intimidate teachers, Diaz says, and it will take similar “very profound grassroots campaign” to overturn it.
Weeks before the new law goes into effect, it’s still unclear how schools will implement it. The TEA has not yet issued guidance for schools and the agency hasn’t yet responded to CNN’s request for comment.
Angela Valenzuela, an education policy professor at the University of Texas, said the law doesn’t address how schools will implement or enforce it.
“I think ultimately it is intended to create division at the grassroots level to empower parents that feel their children are being hurt by either teaching concepts like white supremacy, white privilege, the history of racism and slavery,” Valenzuela said.
For Alemán Jr., who is now a Lillian Radford endowed professor of education at Trinity University and teachers classes for education leaders, the educational system in the state has in part “never wanted Latinos, African Americans and women to even know their own part” in history.
Learning what happened to his mother and other Mexican American children in Driscoll changed the purpose of Alemán’s work. It also made him feel close to his mom even decades after she passed away.
It’s empowering to know where you come from and that feeling, he says, it’s something he hopes more Latinos and students of color can feel while they are in school.