Thieves are ready to take advantage of online shoppers this holiday season and the U.S. Postal Service will deliver millions of packages between now and New Years.
Technology is trying to stay a step-ahead of so-called porch pirates.
According to Ring, a video doorbell not only helps catch criminals but it also deters crime.
“It’s common for burglars to knock or ring the doorbell to make sure nobody's home before breaking in,” a spokesperson said. “With Ring, homeowners can give the illusion they’re home, even when they’re not.”
In 2016, the Ring partnered with Los Angeles Police Department and installed Ring Video Doorbells on 10 percent of homes in Wilshire Park, California. The company says there was a 55 percent decrease in break-ins within the first six months of the doorbells being installed.
The Ring is also helping non-video doorbell users with a new feature on their app. Users are alerted in real-time of any suspicious events or potential dangers in their community.
“If a neighbor records a crime or suspicious activity on their Ring device, they can simply share the video in Neighborhoods (app) and provide a brief description,” the spokesperson said.
There are other ways to protect deliveries, too. Elizabeth Davis with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service released the following tips: