Monday, December 19, 2016

Security Scrapbook Tip # 519 - Avast Ye Porch Pirates

Shipping companies like FedEx and UPS expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season...
Law enforcement officials are concerned that a record number of thieves could be following the trucks and attempting to steal the packages from porches before customers get home...

Hoping to stop "porch pirates" from taking packages, Seattle entrepreneur Michael Grabham invented a Frisbee-sized device called The Package Guard.
When delivery drivers place parcels on top of the $69 device, customers receive an alert via text message, email, or through an app. If a thief tries to remove the packages from the pressure-sensitive pad, a piercing alarm sounds.

The device can also be set up to send electronic alerts to neighbors if a theft is underway, according to the company’s website. more