Porch Pirates: What You Need to Know About Package Theft

Porch Pirates: What You Need to Know About Package Theft

What You Need to Know About Package Theft

If you haven’t seen this viral video, it’s definitely worth the watch.

In mid-December last year, former NASA engineer Mark Rober decided he was fed up with having packages stolen from his front porch. Knowing very well that package theft investigations are generally a low-priority item for the police department, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

What did he do? He created a bait package, made sure his home security cameras were up and running, and sat back to watch the show. That “show” was transformed into a 10-minute video, which Rober then uploaded to his YouTube channel.

To date, it’s been viewed more than 75 million times.

It begins with home video security footage of a thief who was about to steal something from his porch.

“This guy took a package from my porch and now he’s about to open it in his car, but what he doesn’t know, is that this is a custom-built bait package that is recording him on 4 different cameras. And it’s about to unleash a pound of the world’s finest glitter, along with some other surprises.”

In the video, he said he came up with the idea after he was notified several months back that a package was delivered, but it never arrived. When he checked his home surveillance system, he saw a couple had walked up to his porch to steal it.  He reported the incident to the police (and provided them with the video), but they said it wasn’t worth their time to look into.

He felt that something needed to be done.

“I built a dart board that moves to get a bullseye every time. I spent 9 years designing hardware that is currently roving around on another freaking planet. If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package, and overengineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me.”

Granted, we’re not all NASA engineers and no one is suggesting that people rush out to make their very own over-engineered bait package.

However, when it comes to package theft, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are planning on having things delivered this holiday season, try to have items delivered to your place of work. There are also several doorbell camera systems available for purchase at a very affordable fee.

If you must have something delivered to your home, make sure the package needs to be signed for. Lastly, you may want to consider renting a PO box at the mailbox, a Postal Annex or similar type of store. And, of course, investing in a camera doorbell system is also encouraged.

In the meantime, pop some popcorn, sit back, press play on the video and enjoy the show.