Amazon reportedly planting fake packages in delivery trucks to catch thieves

Amazon is on a mission to minimize crime, because it is reportedly planting packages in delivery trucks to catch drivers who steal.

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According to Business Insider, the company places “dummy packages” in delivery vehicles at random, but the boxes are often empty and have fake labels.

“We might pull something out of our pocket and put it in there,” a former Amazon logistics manager told the publication. “It's meant to be a trap ... to check the integrity of the driver.”

In response to Business Insider’s report, Amazon said, “Checks and audits are part of overall quality programs and are administered at random.”

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According to the site’s sources, drivers scan the labels of every package they deliver during drop offs. When they encounter a fake one, an error message pops up, which may prompt drivers to either call their supervisors to report the issue or return the it to a warehouse.

However, a driver could also choose to steal the mail since an error indicates that it isn’t being detected in brand’s system. 

“If you bring the package back, you are innocent. If you don't, you're a thug,” said a former manager for DeliverOL, a courier company that delivers packages for Amazon.

The isn’t the first time the e-commerce business has tried to stop theft. It recently began delivering packages in customers’ cars and homes, and according to the former Amazon logistics manager, the practices have been working. 

“We caught people not being honest,” he said.

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