Tampa Bay may be known for its annual Gasparilla pirate festivities, but another kind of pirate is bringing the bay area a less-sought-after recognition. Tampa Bay ranks No. 9 for metro areas with the highest numbers of thefts by "porch pirates," people who steal packages from in front of residences, according to a ranking by home security company SafeWise.
"Having a package swiped from your stoop puts a real damper on your holiday spirit," the report said. "Porch pirates are out in full force during the holidays — walking away with goodies from nearly 26 million Americans."
Austin, Texas, tops the list for theft-prone metro areas, followed by Salt Lake City and Miami, according to the rankings. Metro areas least-likely to be pillaged by holiday thieves include New York City at No. 1, St. Louis at No. 2 and Portland, Ore., at No. 3.
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