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Police Say 'Bait Package' Can Help Catch Porch Thieves

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    GPS Device to Trick Would-Be Package Thieves

    Police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says nearby officers get a text message when the package is moved and can monitor its movement to confront the thief.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 15, 2017)

    Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are leaving a decoy package on some local porches this holiday season in an effort to catch would-be thieves.

    Cambridge police have started using a "bait package" equipped with a small GPS device that allows officers to track anyone who tries to steal it.

    Police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says nearby officers get a text message when the package is moved and can monitor its movement to confront the thief.

    "If it’s moved, our offices will receive an alert notification," said Warnick.

    Don't Let Porch Pirates Steal Your Holiday Deliveries

    [NATL] Don't Let Porch Pirates Steal Your Holiday Deliveries

    They've become as brazen as the season is bright, they're known as porch pirates who steal packages right outside your front porch. Twenty-three million Americans have had their packages stolen before they could open them, a number expected to rise this Christmas.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 27, 2017)

    It's meant to catch criminals who target packages left on porches amid increased online shopping around the holidays.

    "This has been an issue in Cambridge," said Warnick. "It is a fairly aggressive strategy. If anything, it's a deterrent."

    It's a tactic that Brookline Police Detective Carlos Crespo says they started using on bicycle thieves a few years ago.

    "Every time we put out a bike, we catch somebody, pretty much," he said.

    The package has been left at some homes with multiple thefts in the past. So far it has not led to any arrests.

    Police say they notify residents and their neighbors before leaving the decoy.

    Van Strikes Toronto Pedestrians, Leaving 10 Dead

    [NATL] Van Strikes Toronto Pedestrians, Leaving 10 Dead

    A van plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in Toronto Monday, leaving 10 people dead and 15 injured. The van fled the scene and the driver was taken into custody a short time later.

    (Published 2 hours ago)

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