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22 minutes ago, Fast_Battleship_Iowa said:

Thoroughly enjoyed this video, having had encounters with package thieves and revenge plots of my own before!

3D printing has been a milestone for projects like this. The time machining this product would have have taken awhile. Porch Pirates are a scourge for sure.

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Hehehe, yeah, saw this earlier. Rober does damn fine work

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37 minutes ago, warheart1992 said:

I know it's a thing in the U.S, but is it that widespread? Just curious.

 

It's become more common recently and is quite the plague especially in large cities in California like San Francisco along with smash and grabs of items in vehicles. Very few perps get caught so the risk is low while the reward is pretty high.

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9 minutes ago, RipNuN2 said:

 

It's become more common recently and is quite the plague especially in large cities in California like San Francisco along with smash and grabs of items in vehicles. Very few perps get caught so the risk is low while the reward is pretty high.

One thing I noticed in the video and in other security cam footage is the homes are built extremely close to the street most of the time this is happening. One thing you can to is to give instructions to not leave the package if no one is home, it is far easier to go to the local UPS or other delivery service the next day than to get your goods replaced.

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I approve of this project. My sister lives in a fairly large city in the Eastern Time zone of the USA and has had stuff stolen off her front step. She is a work at home mom of one so is always on hand to get her mail. An the mail personal are good about not leaving stuff out in sight. Why they would steel flower pots and seasonal deco is still puzzling. 

But as more people buy more stuff off the internet and just sits on their front porch before they get home, you can expect this kind of crime to increase. 

This is such a big problem Amazon is sitting up Lockers at stores where you can have you stuff delivered and can pick up after work. Saw one in a Whole Foods, you entered a code into the computer interface and it would open the locker with you stuff in it. Heck a few years ago 7-11 came out and said you could have your package sent to your local 7-11 where they would hold it for you. 

Personally I would build a strong box bolted to my house with a padlock and tell the delivery people to drop the loot in the box and snap the lock before they leave. Because I don't want to spend my money just so some scum can steel it from me. Thankfully I live in a rural area and the mail man is cool, he doesn't leave stuff where it can be stolen. 

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7 hours ago, warheart1992 said:

I know it's a thing in the U.S, but is it that widespread? Just curious.

This is not the only video like this on youtube. I've watched a number of them.

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9 hours ago, warheart1992 said:

I know it's a thing in the U.S, but is it that widespread? Just curious.

Not that I've seen, we here in Canada have to either pick it up at the post office or have to sign for the package or it won't be delivered

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10 minutes ago, Chobittsu said:

Not that I've seen, we here in Canada have to either pick it up at the post office or have to sign for the package or it won't be delivered

Same in my country. Seems in the U.S.A it's not that much the case :Smile_bajan2:.

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13 minutes ago, Chobittsu said:

Not that I've seen, we here in Canada have to either pick it up at the post office or have to sign for the package or it won't be delivered

 

Just now, warheart1992 said:

Same in my country. Seems in the U.S.A it's not that much the case :Smile_bajan2:.

Same here as well.

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2 hours ago, warheart1992 said:

Same in my country. Seems in the U.S.A it's not that much the case :Smile_bajan2:.

You can specify that a signature be required but for the most part packages are just left on the doorstep. Relatively few package actually are stolen versus the 20 million or so delivered each day in the US by Fed Ex and UPS. Requiring signatures for each and every package delivered would slow the delivery system down immensely. 

 

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I used to own a mail services business called The Mailbox. One time I had a customer call and complain about a package they had shipped UPS through me. The UPS driver threw it over the fence into the back yard which ordinarily would not be a problem but this package contained a bunch of sausage and there was a dog in the back yard which ate it all. 

Another time a customer called to say the package they had shipped through me had not been delivered. After contacting UPS, who contacted the driver who made the delivery, UPS told be to tell the recipient to look behind the big bush near the front door.  Ya, how many people look behind their bushes to see if they have  received a package but it is a good way to keep the package from getting stolen.

UPS drivers are under a lot of pressure to get their deliveries and routes done on schedule so they cannot spend much time on each delivery.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Chobittsu said:

Not that I've seen, we here in Canada have to either pick it up at the post office or have to sign for the package or it won't be delivered

US here, sign for package seems to depend on the cost of it.. Or the shipper's instructions. Not sure exactly how much it has to be, I've had to sign on some stuff worth $25 and other times $100+ packages have just been left on my porch. I'm pretty sure you can adjust whether it has to be signed for some delivery services.

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9 minutes ago, Fast_Battleship_Iowa said:

US here, sign for package seems to depend on the cost of it.. Or the shipper's instructions. Not sure exactly how much it has to be, I've had to sign on some stuff worth $25 and other times $100+ packages have just been left on my porch. I'm pretty sure you can adjust whether it has to be signed for some delivery services.

General rule up here is if it's too big for your mailbox, you have to sign for it, regardless of price. People saying it wastes time and slows down delivery baffle me... which is better? Having the delivery person be delayed a couple minutes occasionally to get a signature of a confirmed delivery? Or having your product stolen with no hope of return and unlikely to get a refund?

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4 minutes ago, Chobittsu said:

General rule up here is if it's too big for your mailbox, you have to sign for it, regardless of price. People saying it wastes time and slows down delivery baffle me... which is better? Having the delivery person be delayed a couple minutes occasionally to get a signature of a confirmed delivery? Or having your product stolen with no hope of return and unlikely to get a refund?

Maybe I've just gotten a lazy delivery person, but occasionally I've had some boxes so big they were practically crammed into my mailbox. Never had anything damaged thank god, but I've had some where I had to loop some cord around the back of it to dislodge the box.

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12 hours ago, Chobittsu said:

General rule up here is if it's too big for your mailbox, you have to sign for it, regardless of price. People saying it wastes time and slows down delivery baffle me... which is better? Having the delivery person be delayed a couple minutes occasionally to get a signature of a confirmed delivery? Or having your product stolen with no hope of return and unlikely to get a refund?

 

Unless it's changed since 2008, when all UPS deliveries were guaranteed to be delivered by a certain time of the day or by the end of a certain day,  UPS drivers are under a lot of pressure from their superiors to maintain the schedule on their routes.  If the drivers leaves a package on the porch and the recipient claims they didn't get it UPS will pay a claim on the contents and refund the shipping cost, and,  the driver is not in trouble. If you pay for a guaranteed delivery by 12 noon and it gets delivered at 12:01pm you can get a full refund of the shipping cost and the driver might get in trouble for not keeping their schedule. In the long run it costs less money paying claims versus paying refunds for late delivery.

Every now and then my drivers would have a 'time efficiency  expert' with him on his route who would follow his every footstep and show him how to save time on their deliveries.  Whenever I saw the driver pull up with someone else in the truck during the non-Christmas season I knew not to make small talk with him.

Edit: I should have used a gender neutral term since not all my UPS drivers over the 23 years I was in business were men.

 

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