New Jersey law enforcement is going above-and-beyond this year to protect mailed packages. They are running sting operations on would-be porch pirates.
Partnering with Amazon, Jersey City PD is concealing tracking devices in dummy packages. Officers then leave them on porches surveilled by doorbell cameras and wait for hapless thieves to happen by. According to an Associated Press report, the operation aims to curtail package theft, a rising problem as more Americans rely on online retailers for their holiday shopping.
Apparently, the fake packages have been as effective a lure for parcel bandits as home-baked cookies are for St. Nicholas.
“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken,” Police Capt. James Crecco told the AP. “We thought it was a mistake at first.”
Jersey City PD targeted its operation by pairing its own crime statistics with Amazon theft reports. Members of the police department volunteered their own doorsteps for the ruse.
Package theft has become a major issue for American consumers, especially around the holidays. A study from insuranceQuotes estimates that 25.9 million, or about one in 12, Americans had a holiday package stolen in 2016. That number is up from insuranceQuotes’ estimate of 23 million holiday package thefts in 2015.
Whether Jersey City PD’s ploy will be enough to deter local Grinches remains to be seen. Either way, its stunt ranks among the best examples of Christmas-time law enforcement since John McClane ousted those terrorists from Nakatomi Tower.
Yippee-ki-yay, package robbers.
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