Police US uses mock Amazon packages with GPS tracker to catch thieves




police in the American city of Jersey City, in the state of New Jersey, are using mock Amazon packages to catch packet thieves. For this purpose, doorbell cameras and GPS trackers are used.

A leading agent leading this initiative in Jersey City tells Associated Press that a box placed on the street that resembled an Amazon package was stolen within three minutes. The thief was arrested later. Volunteers from the police have signed up to make their home available for the ‘buggy packages’.

This method of catching thieves in the collar with mock Amazon packages as a lure can, according to the local police, pass a legal test. The local prosecutor has already approved the method. The police chief of Jersey City hopes to further expand this project with the help of Amazon.

The GPS trackers and the doorbell cameras are provided free by Amazon. Amazon did not want any substantive comments on the project, but a spokesman said that the company appreciates the intensified efforts of the police to curb the theft and remains willing to assist in any way.

According to the head of the local police, the chosen locations for the cameras and the fake packets were specifically selected, based on the police’s own crime statistics. He reports that the thieves at the ‘bait packages’ are sometimes recorded on video or sometimes traced via gps.

Theft of packages deposited in the porch, porch or on the doormat is a growing problem. The packages are sometimes put there when residents are not at home. Amazon, UPS and FedEx do not want to give figures how many of their parcels in the US are stolen. According to a survey, it would be roughly 26 million Americans whose package was stolen from their doormat.

In the Netherlands, the authorities also increasingly use lures, such as bait bicycles to catch bicycle thieves or lures to control the dispensing of alcohol to minors. In this context, in particular the so-called Lokfiets judgment is normative. This shows that there must be an investigative interest; lures should therefore not be used without reason. In addition, there must be no provocation; a suspect must not be taken by the decoy to carry out other actions, such as his intention had already been focused on beforehand. According to this standard, the use of fake packages in the Netherlands does seem to be possible, provided it is used in a targeted manner. Although it is not customary in the Netherlands to leave parcels in front of the door, as a result of which it might still be seen as provocation here.


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