Amazon is Tackling "Porch Pirates"


Amazon has become a retail giant by being able to deliver almost anything to your front porch within a couple days. This is a great convenience (Prime members, what uuuppp??!), but it’s not perfect because it’s actually pretty easy for thieves to steal stuff from your front porch – especially while you’re away from home. 

With that in mind, Amazon has been trying to figure out ways to fight back against these "porch pirates" and make sure packages get safely into the right hands.

They’re trying two different things:

First, they’re dealing with a company that makes smart license plates for cars that feature a smartphone-enabled key-box (kinda like a realtor key box). The delivery drivers would be able to use the key one time and deliver packages to your car’s trunk – and then, of course, lock everything up again before driving away.

Another technology they’re tinkering with is a smart doorbell that would allow delivery drivers access to your home. Again, it would be a one-time shot. The driver would open your front door, drop the package off and then lock everything up again before driving away.

Neither of these solutions is perfect, but they might just be better than leaving your stuff out in the open for crooks to nab.

Would you let a stranger into your home or car to drop off a package while you're away? I know they're probably background checked, but still...I don't think I would. Thoughts?

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