Technology designed to help stop porch pirates
(KUTV)- The latest study from Pew Research shows that 79% of U.S. consumers shop online.
With so many people getting packages delivered, it's prime pickings for porch pirates to hit year round. Technology companies have been hard at work creating devices to help prevent thieves from running off with your purchases. KUTV took a look at some of the different tech out on the market.
When it comes to technology to stop so-called porch pirates, cameras are a popular device. They come in different forms, some that blend into your home and some that stand out.
The first camera we looked at is the Nest Cam IQ. The camera recognizes and can track faces. It also provides very clear video. It can also be integrated with other Nest apps and products. The camera retails for about $299.
If you want something that blends in a little more with your house, there is the Maximus Smart Security Light. It's a security light with a built in camera. The device sends a push notification when someone approaches. It has a two-way speaker and sells for about $179.
Another option, is the Ring Video Doorbells, this is a doorbell that hooks into the existing wiring of a house. The camera records video, has a two-way speaker, and a backup battery. There are several different options of Ring Video Doorbells, the Doorbell Two sells for $199.
Cameras might help deter thieves from stealing your packages, but if you want to physically prevent your packages from getting stolen there's the Landport Box. The Landport Box attaches to the front porch and has a keypad on top of it. A special code, that the owner provides, allows the delivery person to open the box and put the package inside. The package is locked inside the box, and the box is secured to the porch.
Amazon also has two options out there, Amazon Key and Amazon Locker. Amazon Key allows a delivery person to leave a package inside a home. Amazon Lockers are a secure, self-service kiosks where customers can pick up Amazon packages.