Derbyshire residents have been warned to beware of thieves stealing parcels from doorstep deliveries

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Derbyshire police have reported almost 30 instances of doorstep parcel theft, new figures reveal.

Thefts of parcels and packages from Britain’s doorsteps have surged by nearly one quarter over the last three years, according to Police records.

Criminals cashing in as police records from 23 forces across the UK reveal that thefts of parcels and packages order by online shoppers have risen sharply over the last three years.

Derbyshire Constabulary reported 28 thefts in total, with 12 in the most recent financial year - one of the lowest in the UK.

Paul Needler, founder of iParcelBox said: “It’s clear that the online shopping surge is fuelling a new crimewave of parcel thefts across the UK. For opportunistic thieves, the chance to steal an unattended parcel that is sitting on the doorstep is irresistible.

“Asking the delivery driver to place your package under a flowerpot or behind your wheelie bin when you’re out should no longer be an option. Instead, it’s vital that all online shoppers ensure they have a secure, easy to use, delivery box in place to receive their parcels.”

The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act by iParcelBox, a home parcel delivery company showed a whopping 2,578 thefts were reported to 23 police forces which supplied information across the UK.

The figures show a rise a rise of 786 thefts in the financial year 2016-2017 up to 962 in the financial year 2018-2019 - an increase of 22 per cent. The total figures of UK parcel theft are likely to be substantially higher, as only half of the UK’s police forces provided a formal response.

The lowest areas of parcel theft came from Nottinghamshire Constabulary with only 21 accounts of parcel theft over a 3-year period (1 per cent of total figures). Other safe areas considered to have low levels of parcel theft were Durham Constabulary which recorded 28 reports of parcel thefts and North Wales Police, which reported only 34 incidents.

Additionally, Leicestershire Police reported a total of 216 thefts over the period, closely followed by West Midlands Police on 211 incidents.

The area with the highest levels of parcel thefts was Lancashire Constabulary, which reported 292 thefts in total and 108 in the last 12 months.

The West Country was also revealed as a hotspot for parcel crime with 20 per cent of all thefts coming from this area. Devon and Cornwall Police reporting 264 thefts in total, with 91 in the last year. Meanwhile Avon and Somerset Police reported 262 incidents of parcel theft in total.