LIVE VIDEO: Watch Xfinity Monday Live right now, and after it ends watch "A Few More Minutes"; with special guest Former Broncos WR Brandon Stokley -- exclusively on CBSDenver.com! (Watch CBS4 Live)

By Kelly Werthmann

(CBS4) – Porch pirates are a growing problem and its prompted some homeowners to install security cameras in an effort to protect their packages. A popular company is taking things a step further by providing a photo the moment the item is delivered, which could prove especially helpful for one Colorado county.

“There’s been a definite increase in porch piracy,” Douglas County Deputy Jason Blanchard said.

Over the weekend a woman was caught on camera stealing a package from a front doorstep in Highlands Ranch.

porch pirate 1 Amazon Taking New Step To Deter Porch Pirates

(credit: CBS)

Deputy Blanchard told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann home security cameras tend to capture clear images, but authorities still need help identifying thieves.

To help battle the issue, Amazon is rolling out a new program called AMZL Photo on Delivery. After dropping off a package, an Amazon delivery person snaps a photo showing the item on the recipient’s property. The customer then gets an email with the photo, confirming the delivery.

“There are a lot of technological advances that are happening,” Blanchard said. “There are companies that provide a service that allow you to see what’s happening on your porch and when.”

Even with confirmation photos and emails as well as home surveillance cameras, authorities recommend asking a trustworthy neighbor who will be home to pick up packages.

“If that delivery is coming in make sure you’re tracking that package,” Blanchard said.

Amazon customers can opt out of the Photo on Delivery program, but a company spokesperson tells CBS4 its been well-received so far. For more information, visit a special page of Amazon.com.

Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team as the morning reporter in 2012. After serving as weekend morning anchor, Kelly is now Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10. Connect with Kelly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @KellyCBS4.

Comments
  1. Doug Culver says:

    All that does is protect Amazon from the responsibility of the theft. Does not provide any benefits to customers.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Denver

NEWS TEAM
Future Leaders
Together 4 Colorado

Watch & Listen LIVE