TECH BYTE: New Tech Products Help Prevent Package Theft

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Many of you are doing your shopping online these days.

That means more packages on your doorstep, increasing your chances of having porch pirates steal your stuff.

You have plenty of tech items to choose from when it comes to protecting both your packages and home.

An obvious solution is getting security cameras.

Zachary Nelson with Verizon recommends either a Nest Cam or Arlo Pro 2 Camera if you want to scare off thieves, or catch them in the act.

“It allows me to keep track of anytime there’s any motion on the front steps leading up to my house, deliveries or packages to my front door, visitors, neighbors coming up, anything like that,” Nelson said. “I can talk through it. I have night vision. It’s got a seven-day rolling footage, like catalog. So if something happened a few days ago while I’m out of town, I can have full access to view that at all times. It gives me a push notification on my phone as soon as there’s motion or audio detected, so the second a package gets delivered, I know it’s there.”

If you’d rather not invest in a camera, BoxLock is another option.

It’s a smart padlock that works with delivery companies and Amazon.

“Basically, the delivery driver grabs the lock, uses the bar code scanner in the lock to scan the tracking number on the package they’re delivering,” said BoxLock Founder Brad Ruffkess. “The lock connects to the Internet, confirms, is that package indeed for you? Is it really out for delivery? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, the lock will pop open, giving the driver access to put the package inside, lock it up, and you’ll get a notification on your phone letting you know that your package has been securely delivered.”

Ruffkess says this new product helps with safe and secure deliveries, so customers won’t have to worry about their packages disappearing.

“As the holiday season approaches, if people could start thinking about how they’re going to protect their deliveries in advance of the holiday season,” Ruffkess said. “It’ll help reduce the number of package thefts across the board and the inconvenience.”

If you’d like to learn more about any of these products, just head over to your nearest Verizon store, or

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