Colorado Startup Invents BenchSentry To Fight Porch Pirates


SWIPED TWO PACKAGES OFF THE FRONT PORCH. YOU CAN SEE THE PORCH PIRATES WEARING A SAFETY VEST IN THE IMAGES THEY CAPTURED, CLEAR PHOTOS THERE. HOME SECURITY PHOTOS OFTEN CATCH THE PORCH PIRATES IN ACTION BUT IT DOES NOT STOP THEM FROM TAKING YOUR STUFF. THEY HOPE TO HAVE AN OPTION FOR EVERYONE THAT GETS PACKAGES FROM A COLORADO STARTUP. JEFF TODD HAS THE STORY TONIGHT, THIS IS ALSO A PIECE OF FURNITURE. Reporter: YES, THAT IS SO IT CAN MEET A LOT OF HLA GUIDELINES. IT ALSO HAS WI-FI, THIS IS A HIGH-TECH WAY THAT MAKES IT EASY ON DELIVERY DRIVERS AND KEEPS PACKAGES SAFE AND THE NOW THIS COLORADO COMPANY IS SENDING OUT THE FIRST SHIPMENTS. IT IS LOCKED. WHEN A PACKAGE THEFT LIKE THIS ONE HAPPENED TO BEN A FEW YEARS AGO, HE BECAME OBSESSED WITH SOLVING THE EPIDEMIC OF PORCH PIRATES. MY WIFE HAD A COUPLE CUP REQUIREMENTS. IT LOOKED GOOD, I SPOKE TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT DRIVERS, THEY SAID IT BETTER BE FAST. Reporter: HE CAME UP WITH BENCH CENTURY. THE DRIVER WALKS UP, LIFTS THE LID, PLACES THE PACKAGE INSIDE, REPLACES IT. Reporter: IT TAKES A PICTURE AND NOTIFIES THE HOMEOWNER, IT CAN FIT UP TO 700 CUBIC FEET, IT CAN HOLD BIG PACKAGES OR MULTIPLE PACKAGES. IF A SECOND PACKAGE COMES, THE SAFE CAN BE OPENED WITH A TRACKING NUMBER. THAT IDEA WE GOT FROM THE DRIVERS. THEY SAID IT IS A UNIQUE ENOUGH NUMBER ON THE PACKAGE OR THEIR HANDHELD. Reporter: HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING TO DELIVERY DRIVERS FROM ALL DIFFERENT COMPANIES. THE CONSENSUS I GOT IS, THEY HATE PORCH PIRATES AS MUCH AS WE DO. Reporter: THE STARTUP HAS FOUR EMPLOYEES RIGHT NOW, AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN IN JUNE MET THEIR GOAL AND THEY HOPE TO GET MORE BENCHES INTO NEIGHBORHOODS. WE ARE TRYING TO MANUFACTURE THIS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, WE WANT TO GET AS MANY OF THESE ON FRONT PORCHES BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. Reporter: THESE BENCHES COST ABOUT $500, THE HOPE IS THE FIRST SHIPMENT THAT GOES OUT WILL GET NEIGHBORHOODS TALKING

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  1. Fed Ex delivery drivers need to put the boxes out of view. The guy that does ours put it on the stairs (safety hazard and everyone can see the packages) to the front patio far away from front door. There is plenty of spots to hide it but lazy drivers don’t care if your package is taken. I’m disabled and on my account it states put on porch close to front door and ring doorbell. None of which is done. Plus most of the packages delivered are medical supplies for me.

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