breaking news

Car gets stuck, catches fire after rear-ending semi on I-70 

Inventor fights 'porch pirates' stalking on 'package theft Wednesday'


Now that "Cyber Monday" is in the rear view mirror, police are warning people to be on the lookout for thieves marking their calendars for "Package Theft Wednesday," which is the first day many of those Cyber Monday deliveries will be made.

A Seattle inventor who came up with an idea for a device with an app -- which notifies when packages delivered -- and when that package is moved, is now shipping the device all over the country as fast as his company can build them. 

"People are even stealing packages on bikes. They're riding on their bikes going up to the porch, and stealing the packages," said Mike Grabham, who invented "The Package Guard" after he was victimized by package thieves. 

>> Read more trending stories  

In ten months the idea has gone from prototype to mass production. 

The device (which is the size of a frisbee) when placed on a porch or doorway, is activated when a package is placed on top of it. 

"The app on your phone alert you that you've had a package delivered," said Grabham.  

If the package is lifted or moved before the app is disarmed, an extremely loud shrill alarm sounds until the person using the app deactivates it. 

"It's really loud it's about 100 decibels, so your neighbors are also alerted," he said.

Grabham's vision is for thieves (he calls them "Porch Pirates") to regard the device as a very loud deterrent. 

"If the thieves keep moving, when they see this, we win," he said."

Grabham says he can also envision a day when his product will work with Amazon's drone package deliveries of the future. 

"We're already working on that," he said. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness...
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Columbus in 2017
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Columbus in 2017

In 2017, our eyes are in for a treat. The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences.  The display will be held from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018 within the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center...
Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients
Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients

Breast imaging technology has become more refined, allowing many breast abnormalities and cancers to be detected before they can be felt with a physical exam. While early detection allows for treatment to begin sooner and for patients to have better outcomes, it also presents a greater challenge in precisely locating and removing smaller or deeper...
Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries
Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries

Adolescent athletes are at an ever-increasing risk of developing overuse injuries when the main goal to training is winning a college scholarship or reaching elite club status. “The desire in this country to be performance-driven is driving over-training demands on young athletes,” said Jon Sulentic, DO, a sports medicine physician with...
‘I’m one of the lucky ones,’ survivor says
‘I’m one of the lucky ones,’ survivor says

Barb Strait of Middletown considers herself one of the lucky ones. Although she endured a yearlong cancer journey, early detection and aggressive treatment made the experience easier. A 29-year member of service sorority Phi Beta Psi, Strait is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research. The active volunteer is mom to two adult daughters and wife to...
More Stories