|Mon Mar 14 2016 21:57:10|
Could Gadget Prove a Deterrent to Package Theft?
By: Ina Steiner
Package theft is a growing problem - and it can hit online sellers hard if it happens to one of their customers. How many times have you heard reports of buyers claiming to have never received their package despite the carrier showing it as delivered?
Even though theft from the customers' property may be a tiny fraction of such cases - the fact that the problem is growing is worrisome.
One inventor has an idea to deter thieves, according to Geekwire:
"Mike Grabham, who runs the Startup Grind speaker series in Seattle, today launched a $45,000 Kickstarter campaign for a new invention he's dubbed Package Guard.
"The size of a frisbee, Package Guard is a Wi-Fi-enabled device that sits on front porches, alerting a customer when a package has been delivered to their house and, more importantly, setting off a loud alarm if anyone unauthorized tries to steal the package."
You have to wonder if shipping carriers are working on their own inventions and solutions to the problem. Let us know what you think of the idea, and if you have any suggestions of your own on how to reduce "front-porch shopping."