Tips on how to defend yourself against porch pirates this holiday season
As more and more consumers turn to online shopping this holiday season, package theft is increasingly common. Now some Canadian based companies say they have a solution .Danby Appliances has just introduced its Parcel Guard Smart Mailbox. The company says the anti-theft device is designed to thwart 'porch pirates': thieves who steal packages from your doorstep.
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Amazon has a clever way to catch package -stealing thieves . Police in Jersey City, near New York, have teamed up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and leave fake packages equipped Some police officers volunteered their own homes as bait . Jersey City police captain James Crecco, who is
Prince George RCMP revealed Wednesday they've been working with Amazon since last January to catch mail thieves with bait packages.
The packages look like regular Amazon deliveries, even with items inside, but have GPS trackers hidden in them.
Const. Brent Benbow, who regularly shops on Amazon himself, got the idea to work with the e-commerce behemoth after hearing multiple reports of packages being stolen from people's doorsteps.
"I sent them an email, and from there till now, it's been a great partnership and they've been super helpful," he told CBC's Betsy Trumpener.
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Police in California are using ' bait packages ' fitted with GPS in an attempt to help catch thieves . The move comes before the holiday shipping season.
Amazon and some local police departments are now teaming up to curb such thefts by using fake The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own. “Most of the package thefts we’ ve made arrests on revolve around (closed-circuit TV) or private
Benbow saw an article about how Amazon had a similar operation in New Jersey and thought it could be an effective tactic to catch thieves in the interior B.C. city.
"This is the first in Canada actually. We're the first ones to partner up with Amazon and we're the first ones to deploy their boxes, so it's fairly unique that way," he said.
"Canada Post has a couple projects that they run on their end, but we're the first ones to dive into this and are hoping that this exposure increases partnerships for them across Canada."
Bait package operation
So far, RCMP have delivered over 50 bait packages to various residential doorsteps and mailboxes throughout the city.
When one is taken, an activation is sent to the police and they are able to track live where it's going.
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Mike Lund went outside Wednesday morning to discover his 2011 Chevy Silverado had been stolen. Lund said he's always been "a very trusting person," and had left his keys in his truck without giving it much thought. He now realizes that was a bad idea, and he hopes others will learn from his mistake. "You can't take that chance anymore, you just have to keep it locked up," Lund said. Lund isn't the only one who has made the mistake of leaving vehicles unlocked, sometimes with the keys inside.Increase in theftsP.E.I. RCMP said they've noticed more vehicle thefts, and more thefts of items left in cars and trucks.
Police are using fake Amazon packages to catch porch pirates. Across the country, police in Elk Grove, California, are trying a similar tactic. The local police department said it would sent out bait packages to different locations at different times of day to try to catch thieves , ABC10 reported.
Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell Amazon — which is providing equipment free for the Jersey City program — declined to provide "With the bait packages , some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS."
To date, there have been three activations, with one leading to the arrest of a 37-year-old male Prince George resident. The investigation has gone to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges, the RCMP said in an emailed statement.
To find people to take part in the operation, Benbow reached out to people that have been affected by mail theft in the past. So far, he has about 42 contacts that are open to having bait packages set up on their properties.
"People are pretty pumped," he said. "They like to be part of a change where we're trying to prevent something rather [than] waiting for it to happen."
Property crime has been an, and Benbow wants residents to know that the RCMP are aware of it.
"We understand the issues and the struggles that people in Prince George have had and we're taking one of these projects on to hopefully show them that we know what's going on, we know what's happening and we're going to prevent it."
Police looking for suspect in Milton ‘porch pirate’ case .
Police looking for suspect in Milton ‘porch pirate’ caseThe service tweeted out a recent photo from a surveillance video taken at a Milton residence in which police say a man helped himself to a delivery not meant for him.