Amazon has teamed up with police in the US in an effort to stop thieves who steal parcels left outside homes.
Officers in New Jersey are planting dummy boxes fitted with GPS trackers, coupled with hidden doorbell cameras, at homes around the city of Jersey.
The homes selected for the experiment were chosen using the city’s own crime statistics combined with mapping data of theft locations supplied by Amazon.
One box was stolen three minutes after it was “delivered”.
Amazon told AP: “We appreciate the increased effort by local law enforcement to tackle package theft and remain committed to assisting however we can.”
The US Postal Service expects to deliver about 900 million packages in the run-up to Christmas.
Last year, Amazon launched a service called Amazon Key that allowed homeowners with smart locks to let couriers open their doors via an app and leave parcels inside.
While that may be a step too far for many, there are other ways to protect deliveries:
- Have them delivered to a workplace or a friend who is home during the day
- Insist that deliveries must be signed for
- Install cameras that will give police some video evidence
- Use a service that provides a storage box drivers can unlock by entering a code on a keypad
Amazon also provides lockers for people to pick up parcels in locations such as shopping centres, convenience stores, airports, train stations and universities.
more recommended stories
Delta says shutdown is costing $25m USD in January revenue
DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines.
21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap into Mexico fuel pipeline
A huge fire exploded at a.
Maya women stand out for their community
A group of women from San.
Yucatan is ready for the Mérida Triathlon 2019
“Yucatan is ready for the sixth.
Largest-ever group of migrant families tunnels under Yuma, Arizona, border fence
TUCSON, Ariz. – The largest single.
Owner of Grupo Soriana found executed in Torreón, Coahuila
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico.-On Friday January 18th,.
Mexicans dance while waiting in line for gasoline (VIDEO)
A funny video has gone viral on.
Controversy over raise on Chichen Itza’s admission fee continues
“The truth is that tourists are.
Total lunar eclipse upon the Yucatán Peninsula on Sunday, January 20th, 2019
The first — and only —.
Mexican Employers Association claims that fight against fuel theft has costed 18 billion pesos
The ongoing fuel shortage in central.