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As computers, email get harder to crack, thieves turn to pillaging actual mailboxes

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When Barbara Hickey checked her home security video, she noticed her postman delivering her mail with a little jig on the side. It was around noon on April 12. Josefina Gomez Pando, 83, dropped a check for $112 into a blue mailbox on a corner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Then she proceeded to her doctor's appointment. Her check would never make it to the mailman. That's because someone else, most likely using a sticky rat trap attached to the end of a string, fished her check right back out of that mailbox.

These gadgets will prevent your holiday packages from getting stolen

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These gadgets will prevent your holiday packages from getting stolen (Photo: Recommendations are separate from any business incentives. It's that time of year again when a surplus of packages begins showing up at your doorstep--but how can you keep all of those holiday gifts safe from porch pirates when you're not at home? Roughly 8% of U.S. households (or 25.9 million Americans) said they've had holiday packages swiped from their front porch or doorstep, according to a 2017 report from InsuranceQuotes. Luckily, there are a handful of smart home products that can be your eyes and ears when you're at work or running errands and a package gets delivered.

DHL's Parcelcopter is automated drone delivery in action


Sending packages by airplane is nothing new, but the task could soon be taken over by drones. DHL recently completed of a three-month-long test of its automated drone delivery system, the Parcelcopter. It works with a combination helipad and mailbox dubbed Skyport, which can automatically load and unload the drone's payload when it lands and store it in one of the station's lockers. Testing took place between January and March of 2016 in Bavaria, Germany. The idea was to see if the drone could be used to deliver packages to areas that are remote and where standard delivery takes a long time.

Tennessee mailman seemingly caught peeing on porch during delivery

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A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was caught on surveillance video seemingly urinating on a homeowner's front porch as he delivered their mail. The footage showed the mailman apparently relieving himself as he walked down a sidewalk and up several stairs onto the porch. The employee appeared to stop urinating once he arrived at the mailbox attached to the home, and looked around the area. He then pulled the homeowner's mail from his bag, and dropped it in the box. Once the mail was delivered, the employee walked away from the home and toward the street, narrowly avoiding walking in his own urine.

Smart Alert for Mail (SAM) review: How to check your mailbox without leaving the house


The creator of Smart Alert for Mail obviously had a problem that no one else had been able to solve: Knowing when their mail had arrived. Enter Smart Alert for Mail--aka SAM--a gadget with a singular purpose, one which you've already figured out after reading this far. SAM comes in two pieces, a transmitter that fits in your mailbox and a receiver that sits inside your house. The transmitter attaches via sticky tape and Velcro to the inside of your mailbox (a small antenna wire snakes out through the gap in the door), while the receiver goes anywhere inside your house that's in range of a power outlet (and as close to the transmitter as possible). The transmitter communicates via the unlicensed 433.92MHz frequency band, which gives it 300 feet of range in unobstructed, open air.