Inventor fights 'porch pirates' stalking on 'package theft Wednesday'


Now that "Cyber Monday" is in the rear view mirror, police are warning people to be on the lookout for thieves marking their calendars for "Package Theft Wednesday," which is the first day many of those Cyber Monday deliveries will be made.

A Seattle inventor who came up with an idea for a device with an app -- which notifies when packages delivered -- and when that package is moved, is now shipping the device all over the country as fast as his company can build them. 

"People are even stealing packages on bikes. They're riding on their bikes going up to the porch, and stealing the packages," said Mike Grabham, who invented "The Package Guard" after he was victimized by package thieves. 

>> Read more trending stories  

In ten months the idea has gone from prototype to mass production. 

The device (which is the size of a frisbee) when placed on a porch or doorway, is activated when a package is placed on top of it. 

"The app on your phone alert you that you've had a package delivered," said Grabham.  

If the package is lifted or moved before the app is disarmed, an extremely loud shrill alarm sounds until the person using the app deactivates it. 

"It's really loud it's about 100 decibels, so your neighbors are also alerted," he said.

Grabham's vision is for thieves (he calls them "Porch Pirates") to regard the device as a very loud deterrent. 

"If the thieves keep moving, when they see this, we win," he said."

Grabham says he can also envision a day when his product will work with Amazon's drone package deliveries of the future. 

"We're already working on that," he said. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

The Eagles review: peaceful, easy feeling at packed Philips Arena for 1st of two shows
The Eagles review: peaceful, easy feeling at packed Philips Arena for 1st of two shows

After a professional, hit-packed two hours and 15 minutes, Vince Gill and Don Henley walk off the stage at Philips Arena October 20, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Saturday, October 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on Melissa Ruggieri’s AJC Music Scene blog Last year, after Glenn Frey‘s surprise...
Bathroom makeovers show refreshing ways to use marble
Bathroom makeovers show refreshing ways to use marble

Marble bathrooms have long been a staple of elegant homes. But gone are the days of stark white Carrera marble and boring chrome fixtures. Designers are bucking tradition to add a touch of sophistication in a refreshing way. Using marble in a renovation is a fantastic way to take your old space from gross to glam. Knowing what to do with a space&rsquo...
Why do people give blood after disasters, but not during blood drives?
Why do people give blood after disasters, but not during blood drives?

It happens after very disaster, whether natural or human-made. Before the floods recede or the crime tape is removed, hundreds will line up to donate their blood. Less than 24 hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a line of people twisted from a blood center around several city blocks. According to one woman’s tweet, it took seven hours...
How to control and manage your blood pressure
How to control and manage your blood pressure

Lifestyle changes can help you control and prevent high blood pressure, even if you’re taking blood pressure medication. Here’s what you can do: Eat healthy foods. Eat a healthy diet. Try the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy foods. Get...
Out-of-pocket costs keeps pricey new cholesterol drugs out of reach

Access to powerful new cholesterol-lowering drugs is so tightly controlled and patients’ out-of-pocket costs are so high that fewer than a third of people whose doctors prescribe the drugs get them, a new study found. While highly effective, the new drugs cost as much as $14,000 annually, leading some insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to...
More Stories