TACOMA, Washington — After having packages repeatedly stolen from his porch, a man came up with a creative way to deter would-be thieves.
At first, Jaireme Barrow installed surveillance cameras. However, he said Saturday, December 23rd that no arrests were ever made despite footage of “at least 20” suspected thieves in action. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands.
His solution? An invention he calls TheBlankBox, which features a loud 12 gauge-shotgun blank.
“It’s a blank triggering mechanism. Only one moving piece,” Barrow told Smerconish. “Unless you count the guy running off your front porch, that is!”
Barrow demonstrated by placing an empty package box over the device. If anyone attempts to lift it, an enormous boom rings out, terrifying possible “porch pirates.”
“It’s a blank shell. Just a loud noise,” Barrow said before showing surveillance footage of people making a run for it after encountering his invention.
“This thing is basically a viral video in a box,” Barrow said.
Barrow said TheBlankBox is legal because “a blank shotgun shell is not considered an explosive,” and likened his invention to “any other alarm system.”
CNN sought comment from Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, but did not hear back in time for publication.
A recent survey from InsuranceQuotes.com found that nearly 26 million Americans have had a holiday package stolen by so-called porch pirates.
That’s why, Barrow said “it’s awesome to be able to see karma served instantly.”
“This is the only thing that has worked. It’s nice to see them leave empty-handed,” he said.