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Amazon Team Up With Police Using GPS To Nobble Parcel Thieves

Thieves who are thinking of stealing Amazon parcels, may want to have second thoughts, after it was revealed big US online Company has teamed up police using sophisticated GPS trackers hidden in both real and dummy parcels.

Amazon has teamed up with police in an effort to stop thieves who steal parcels left outside homes.

Police officers are planting dummy boxes fitted with GPS trackers, coupled with hidden doorbell cameras that capture the parcel thieves.

The inital tests were carried out in New Jersey in the USA.

Homes selected for the experiment are chosen using crime statistics combined with mapping data of theft locations supplied by Amazon.

One box was stolen three minutes after it was “delivered”.

Having parcels left outside is convenient for many but is also a risk claim police officers.

Amazon said “We appreciate the increased effort by local law enforcement to tackle package theft and remain committed to assisting however we can.”

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. The concept has not been launched in Australia.

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.