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Holiday Package Theft Reduced With GPS Tracking


Trackers Helping Catch Holiday Grinches

It is said that the Christmas holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. The weather gets colder, families who may have been feuding all year drop their grudges and kids everywhere fuel the magic of the season. Yes we can all agree that bundling up in a sweater on a cold night is terrific and the smell of pine from a Christmas tree refreshes the soul but the holidays also bring out opportunistic Grinches. One of the busiest times of the year for shipping companies is Christmas and it also happens to be the time of the year when people expecting to receive packages are often not home. This means shipping companies such as UPS, Fedex and USPS often leave packages at the front door of residences and businesses without requiring a signature. This is when Grinches come by and steal packages. However, some companies are fighting back with the assistance of little GPS tracking devices.

Whether it be for holiday parties, shopping or simply personal reasons, people are more likely to be out and about during the holiday season. Grinches know this and see the craziness of the holidays as an opportunity to engage in their thieving ways successfully. In fact, the process can be as simple as a thief following a delivery truck, noting what addresses they UPS or Fedex truck stopped, and then alerting an associate to target those addresses where a package was dropped off. It’s simple, cunning and unfortunately highly successful.

GPS Tracking Packages

Police are well aware of the tactics used by holiday Grinches but are often times spread too thin to do a comprehensive investigation on these crimes and set up sting operations. However, those law enforcement agencies that have had enough of the theft are now using real-time GPS tracking devices in bait packages to catch Grinches. The sting operation is rather simple but highly effective. Police go to areas where packages were reported being stolen. They set up a bait package that is equipped with a small personal GPS tracking device that sends out locational data in real-time. The GPS tracker can have alert authorities through email or text message the moment the package is moved. Once police are alerted from the live GPS device they jump into action and apprehend the suspects. The procedure is quick, cost-effective and competent.

The holiday season should be a time of joy and togetherness but the reality is when thieves see an opportunity they often take it. GPS tracking technology is helping bust these Grinches but people need to stay on the lookout. Security experts say that those expecting to receive a package should try and get the shipper to require a direct signature so nothing is left at a doorstep. Also, those waiting for a delivery should check their tracking numbers to know the date a package will arrive and try to be home at that time of a signature isn’t an option.


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