Anaheim PD rolls out program targeting ‘porch pirates’ with packages containing tracking technology


The man on the bicycle saw the package on the porch and, seizing the opportunity as he cruised by, decided to steal it. The so-called “porch pirate,” a relatively new breed of criminal following the exponential growth in home deliveries thanks to behemoth Amazon and others, tucked the package under his arm, jogged to his bike, and took off from the townhome in downtown Anaheim. The thief had no clue a surprise was inside the package: a checkbook-sized tracking device that had created a geo-fence, or virtual perimeter, around the package. When the package moved beyond the geo-fence, it triggered…

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