Amazon deliveries have become so common in the United States (and elsewhere) that thieves are taking the packages even before the owner arrives. In the last couple of years, this issue of porch thieves have become so common and Amazon is now taking some serious steps to prevent this. Amazon said it would be making use of fake packages and GPS technology to catch existing thieves.
Amazon is doing this with the help of police in New Jersey, where the number of porch stealing was on the rise for past months. According to this plan, Amazon would be leaving fake delivery boxes on some porches with attached GPS technology. As it’s seen, when the thief tries to take the delivery box, his or her location would also be tracked and synced to the police.
Of course, the police and Amazon have worked together to find the potential location, where the reports of crime were very high. Some police officers have volunteered that their homes would be used as bait location for the thieves to steal. Amazon believes that this practice would reduce the number of thefts since burglars would not be able to distinguish between real and fake ones.
For Amazon, this is one of the serious problems in the delivery logistics. Even some high-value products are stolen by these thieves, leaving some unsatisfied customers. The company has been looking at several other ways to fix this problem as well. For instance, Amazon wants some buildings to create an Amazon locker that would contain the package until the recipient gets it.
Also, there have been plans to keep the lockers in Whole Foods, which is now a part of Amazon. The company also bought Blink, a tech startup that would allow safe deliveries through smart tech.