The Christmas Package Bandit
The Christmas Package Bandit
By Amy Haldorson
I have an "understanding" with my UPS man. He brings my packages to my office at work so certain people who may or may not like it when I online shop will not know. I'm not trying to be dishonest, but sometimes its just better all around if the husband is not aware every single package. After all, its not my fault companies ship every single item separately. Avoiding confrontation seems like a win win. This time of the year the packages we receive seem to quadruple. More and more people are online shopping. And why not? Its convenient and you can avoid all the holiday crowds. Last December I ordered a gift. Never mind that the gift was for myself. My UPS man was on vacation, so I would need to be crafty as to how to get to the package before anyone was the wiser. I checked the website all day and saw when it was delivered. I raced home to hide the evidence. No package. I checked the website again, and it definitely said delivered. This was very strange. I immediately reordered the package And raced home. No package. Ok, now I knew this wasn't an accident. Someone was stealing my packages. I reordered the package and waited the two days for it. I raced home minutes after it was delivered. Surely no one could steal it in that short amount of time. No package. Now I was angry. I remembered seeing something on the news about package theft and the holidays.
As home delivery increases, so does package theft. This is creating a lucrative new industry among thieves: porch piracy. Rural areas have a higher rate of packages stolen and North Dakota is the highest ranking state for package theft. A lot of times, these thieves follow delivery trucks and watch for prime targets. It is recommended that if you live in a rural area to have your package delivered to your work address or a friend in town. You can also ask the shipper to require a signature confirmation upon delivery. As criminals are getting more crafty when pulling off these heists, a lot of people are resorting to doorbell cameras. It may sound expensive and too high tech, but it doesn't have to be. A doorbell camera works by allowing you to view live video of whoever is outside your door, without having to open the door, peak out the window, or be home. Doorbell cameras allow you to discreetly view who is at the door without making your presence known. You can view a live video feed from a phone, tablet, or other device. It is more subtle than a security camera while still providing the functionality of a doorbell. Another benefit is having piece of mind that your kids don’t have the answer the door or even to check up on your kids if they are home alone.
So, now that I had had numerous packages mysteriously disappear, it was time to get one of these cameras. I ordered a doorbell camera and it came within a couple days. The installation was easier than expected. I was able to see my front steps from my phone. Sweet! Of course I had to freak out my kids right away and call them commenting on something they had done. I watched them look around all scared and got a good laugh. Now to catch the package thief! And I definitely did……...