LANCASHIRE is the worst place for thefts of parcels and packages from Britain’s doorsteps according to new figures.

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

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.

Statistics show that Lancashire Constabulary, which reported 292 thefts since 2016 while there were 108 in the last 12 months.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Ordering goods online is convenient for lots of us but parcels left outside your property could be easy pickings for an opportunist thief. To reduce the risk you should try to make sure there is someone at home when the order is expected or arrange for it to be left with a neighbour or in another secure place.”

Paul Needler, founder, 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.”