Police using GPS "bait" to bust porch pirates and protect packages


While the problem is not limited to the holiday season, Christmas is a target-rich environment for porch pirates. These thieves are the ones who go into neighborhoods on foot and by van to swipe unguarded packages sitting outside your door before you get home. However, the next time a porch pirate is looking for booty, it could have a police GPS device. 

According to a recent report, 23 million Americans had a package stolen in 2015. About 10 million more Americans shopped online than in stores over Black Friday in 2016, and that shopping continues as we get further into December.

Police all over the country are participating in a new program that baits these thieves with packages outside homes and businesses. Officers wrap the device in bubble wrap and make sure the packages look and feel like the real thing. Once permission is given by the homeowner, the package is placed while the officers monitor it from a computer screen. 

While the high-tech solution can nab a solo thief, police departments are hoping for bigger busts as well. Many package thieves work together and keep all their loot in one location. Those packages could contain anything from televisions to drones to a relative’s homemade cookies. If the GPS leads police to one such location, it can make a lot of victims happier during the holidays. 

Watch the video to see how consumers have more ways to protect their packages than ever before.

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