This is an real issue here in Toledo, Ohio. I haven't had this issue myself personally, but know first hand a few people who have had packages taken from their porch. One friend has a screened front porch with a door. The package was left inside the screened door. It was a $10 item from Amazon, so it wasn't a big deal, but none the less made them insist that UPS never leaves packages unattended.
I live in what my family thinks is "the hood" and have never had a package stolen off the porch. It's not actually a bad neighborhood but there are generally a lot of high school kids walking to/from school.
FedEx, however, won't deliver to me if there's nothing on the porch for them to hide it behind. UPS doesn't care. USPS doesn't ever even try to hide it.
Not only was that extremely dangerous by the homeowner - he actually committed theft himself by stealing that ladies purse. Not good - he's lucky she didn't file a complaint and get arrested himself for clearly committing theft in front of his own cameras.
Not really, filing a complaint would have meant placing the driver at the scene of the crime (since how would she know where and when and by whom it was stolen). That makes the prosecution's job easier since no line-up or video review is necessary.
...he actually committed theft himself...
No, theft requires the "intent to permanently deprive someone of property." Findlaw
His intention was only to identify the theif, and so he handed the purse over to the police.
at home I have never been concerned about it... at the office I have more reason to be concerned because of the high dollar value items but I am not in the least bit concerned... then again there is surveillance all around the place...