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Package Thief Caught “Shopping” in Mail Room

Posted by Alex Godwin-Austen on Sep 16, 2022

In this arrest of the month, a suspect accessed an apartment community’s mailroom attempting to steal packages and more. Spotted on surveillance by our remote security operators, he was captured by authorities within minutes.

At 3:15 in the morning, a Stealth security professional spotted a suspicious individual entering an apartments building’s mailroom. Stopping to inspect multiple packages, he appeared to select a few to take with him before heading to the gym and bike storage areas. Our operator, keeping an eye on him as he moved through the building, sounded multiple audible alarms that were ignored, then contacted police. As the man continued his shopping spree, even breaking into a storage locker, law enforcement arrived on scene quickly and put the thief under arrest.

Help Protect Your Community from Package Thieves and Other Dangers

Package theft is a concern for many, and when presented with a mailroom full of potential goods for the taking, some thieves simply can’t resist. According to a 2021 study conducted by C + R Research, about 23% of Americans have experienced package theft. Worse still – for those that had, about a third had been victims more than once. Residents in multifamily communities want to feel that they can take advantage of the convenience of shopping online without concerns about their purchases being rifled through or stolen by passing thieves.

Proactive security measures like live video monitoring can help reduce the risks of theft and other negative behaviors in your community facilities. Combining the technology of both analytics-based surveillance cameras and the human intelligence of our trained security operators, we can help spot and call out suspicious activity in real time.

Our operators are adept at flagging behavior that’s out of the norm, keeping an eye on spaces where unwanted behaviors can happen. When they do see suspicious activity, they’re ready to activate an on-site speaker to warn trespassers and other suspicious individuals that they are being watched before escalating the call to local authorities. In many cases, the on-site speakers are enough to deter troublemakers. On the occasions when they’re not, as in the case above, police can respond quickly because we are able to supply them with live details of a crime in progress.

Many multifamily communities make use of our live video monitoring solution to help safeguard their residents, staff, and property itself from a variety of concerns. Live video monitoring can augment traditional security measures, like security guards, and in some cases even replace them. If you’re ready to learn more about how this solution can benefit your community and property, contact us for additional details.