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Carlsbad company helping homeowners fend off porch pirates

Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 21:27:38-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - A Carlsbad company wants to help homeowners take their porches back from pirates.

CleverMade's newest product is a reinforced steel lockbox that anchors to the ground.

"A porch pirate comes, they see this right on your porch, they don't see any packages lying out, they're going on to the next house," said Tim Clark, who works for CleverMade.

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Clark says the battery-powered LockBox fits packages up to 20.5" x 14.5" x 14" and features hydraulic struts for a smooth open and close.

Users can open it with a digital code or key.

Homeowners can register their code with carriers like UPS and Amazon, or input it into the second address line when making an online order.

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Clark says they want to give homeowners peace of mind.

"It's kind of similar to someone breaking inside your house. You don't have somebody actually inside your house, but you have somebody right on your doorstep taking some of your belongings," said Clark.

Security company Ring also offers tips to protect packages this holiday season, some include:

  • Track Your Packages and Use Delivery Alerts
  • Add Delivery Instructions
  • Add Key by Amazon to your home or garage

Some customers are also using the LockBox to protect packages from inclement weather, or they're sharing their code with friends and neighbors for borrowed items.

The product sells for $149.99.