How to Avoid Package Theft

Business booming for man who invented booby-trap package to deter porch thieves

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TheBlankBox” is a booby-trap, decoy package that scares thieves with a loud but harmless explosion. When someone tries to take the box, the blank shell for a 12-gauge shotgun is triggered. 

“I’m confident this will solve your package-theft problem, along... (with) making a really entertaining video if you happen to have video surveillance,” Barrow said in an instructional video for the device. 

The cost for one starts at $50.

Barrow invented the device last year after four packages went missing, according to KIRO7.com.

“You know you’re at work and you’re working hard and you’ve got these people out there that make a daily routine of running around and stealing packages,” he said. “There’s no real way to prevent it so this is my solution.”

He said his device goes off at least once a month.

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