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Jersey City Police are setting up fake Amazon packages and cameras in an effort to identify and catch the parcel thieves commonly referred to as “porch pirates.”
According to the Associated Press, the police “are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices” outside the homes of police volunteers, selecting locations based on “crime statistics and mapping of theft locations provided by Amazon.”
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The effort has already caught at least one porch pirate, who reportedly stole a parcel within three minutes of it being placed outside.
“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken… We thought it was a mistake at first,” declared Police Captain James Crecco, whose own mother was a victim of porch piracy.
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“Most of the package thefts we’ve made arrests on revolve around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image,” added Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly. “With the bait packages, some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS.”
In a statement, Amazon proclaimed, “We appreciate the increased effort by local law...
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