Security camera catches thief in the act

A Ballardite who recently had packages stolen off their front porch sent us this email:

Our security camera recorded a woman stealing two packages off our front porch this past Tuesday. I’ve filed a police report but thought that it would be best to share the video as well. Here are some details:
– UPS delivered the packages at 2:25 PM, and the theft occurred at 2:43 PM, so the thief might have been trailing the delivery truck.
– The young woman in the video appears to be around 5’1″ to 5’3″ tall and took off in what appears to be a blue ’85-’89 Mazda 323 hatchback.

Package theft on 1/26 in Ballard from seattle vimeo user on Vimeo.

They got the motion-sensing camera last summer after they were hit last March while living in a different neighborhood. “I’m not a proponent of having cameras everywhere, but a camera aimed at our own porch/mailbox/entrance and part of our driveway seems reasonable to me.” (The person who emailed this to us asked that we not reveal the location of their home.)

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Walt
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Walt

Now add a bright flash and a recorded voice offering prints.

ballard206
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ballard206

Looks like this is probably what the car looks like:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mazd_323_hatc

sipandshipsteve
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sipandshipsteve

Have your packages delivered to Sip and Ship. We sign for your packages, call you when they arrive, and secure them in our store. If you've never used this service, your first package is free – after that there is a nominal receiving fee. I'd estimate the two packages in this video would have cost the receiver $4.00 or $5.00. We're also open 7 days a week.

Meghan O'Connor
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Not to mention, that logo is a delivery from Amazon.com, easy to recognize by anyone seeing the box. And yes, Sip n Ship ROCKs.

Fred
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Fred

It's also easy to see that the woman has blonde hair even though she tries to hide her head from view.

Anne
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That looks like a woman to me, not a young man.

Anne
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Guess it would help if I actually read the post more carefully huh? Don't know why I thought it said 'young man'…

Steve
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Steve

Or they could go to mail boxes etc and get an unlimited number of packages delivered for a flat monthly fee. They guy at my MBE will even call me when something comes in and if I come in after hours he places the larger boxes in a locked area. He leaves me the key in my mailbox. I've never lost a package yet with him.

Stephen Hulsizer
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Stephen Hulsizer

We lost three packages delivered by UPS about a year ago. One of the packages required a signature. The standards for delivery on the UPS website state that, in order to leave a package, the site must be out of the weather and out of sight. Our porch, like many others, is neither.

Various sites indicate that UPS drivers leave packages with signature required without getting a signature; it is up to the driver. We now have a sign by the doorbell stating a signature is required for all deliveries. The UPS driver no longer leaves anything, neither does he attempt to ring the door bell or knock, just leaves a sticky note that I often find in the bushes because the adhesive is so poor. I think he prints the note before he comes to the door, without bothering to bring the package. Fed Ex ignores the sign. The postman uses the door bell and leaves a note if no answer.

We avoid UPS and Fed EX if at all possible. US mail is cheaper, more reliable, and responsive.

sipandshipsteve
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sipandshipsteve

That is if you rent a mailbox – you can do that with us as well, our rates are as low as $12.00 a month. The service I'm suggesting is for those who don't need a mailbox, and only receive the occasional package. Another option is to purchase the “signature required” add-on for all your packages – but if you're not home you'll have to deal with collecting your package from the UPS/FedEx sorting centers; or the post office.

sp496761
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sp496761

Very clear video! I hope this perp is caught. I have had my mail stolen recently (right from my front door) and we are also installing cameras.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yeah, the Sip and Ship has been the best in this regard. My packages are always safe and they call when they arrive. They have good open hours, and they are nice to boot! :)

If you have a mailbox there, they collect all packages for you at no additional cost. It's been worth it to me. I definitely don't want to have to go find the UPS or FedEx offices to get my stuff.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yeah, the Sip and Ship has been the best in this regard. My packages are always safe and they call when they arrive. They have good open hours, and they are nice to boot! :)

If you have a mailbox there, they collect all packages for you at no additional cost. It's been worth it to me. I definitely don't want to have to go find the UPS or FedEx offices to get my stuff.

Ole Clunker
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Ole Clunker

Sorry about this theft. What a nice clear video. Maybe you could recommend the brand or system you are using. Also, people posted a lot of messages about a female mail thief in the Greenwood area. They had the plate number and name of the person.

Bark more, wag less
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Bark more, wag less

Put a box out with packing foam peanuts and 3 cocked rat traps inside. The type that will break fingers. Don't put your address on the box; these are tweakers, they'll never find their way back to your house.

jinx2
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jinx2

ditto on the clarity of the video. wonder if the homeowner can give us the brand/model. that would be awesome. i've never had anything taken from our steps, but that video makes me want to get a video camera now. the nerve of some people… in daylight nonetheless!

fiddler crab
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fiddler crab

glad the comments section turned into an advertising war!

ballardmama1979
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ballardmama1979

Sorry this happened you the family but great evidence! Nice quality video – what kind of camera was used? I like the idea of the motion sensor.

kim
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kim

slow economy. free advertising!

mzen
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mzen

Put a sign on your front porch that says “smile, you're on candid camera”

Facebook User
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Facebook User

I too would love to know how you did your security setup! Great quality.

ricecloudnine
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ricecloudnine

They would probably steal the camera… :P

bobloblaw
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bobloblaw

They will probably take the camera!

gibinballard
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gibinballard

If you have a web cam and a computer, you can make your own motion dection system using a free program. Here's a link.

http://lifehacker.com/5233052/motion-detection-

broadviewcoug
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broadviewcoug

Anyone notice the car in the refelction of the window!