Brea Engineer Gets Revenge On Porch Pirates With Glitter Bomb

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Aside from the return label, Rober joked how "Kevin" addressed the glitter bomb and package to the film's bandits, Harry and Marv.

When a package thief strikes, the box's built-in accelerometer sends a Global Positioning System signal to Rober (so he knows where it's going) and activates a quartet of phones that take video of the next few moments. But for anyone who's gotten a package stolen off a doorstep, he's now a hero.

Rober - whose accomplishments include spending 9 years working for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, not to mention creating a dartboard that moves to hit a bullseye - ultimately engineered the sophisticated bait package that contained four smartphones to record reactions from every angle. "On every occasion, the thieves abandoned the package once it had been triggered and they or their property had been doused in glitter", BBC News reports.

Thankfully, for us and the over six million other views of the video since it was uploaded, everyone failed to catch the Home Alone reference.

If there's one video to watch right now, it's former NASA engineer and current Apple engineer Mark Rober's incredible "glitter bomb" trap, built to fight Amazon package thieves.

'Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side, you'll never find yourself in this situation'.

BYU: According to KSL-TV's Heather Kelly, Rober is a BYU graduate.

It is pretty common for packages left in front of one's doorway to be stolen in the United States.

Salt Lake City has a year-round theft rate of 32.60 per 1,000 people. Do you have a problem with thieves stealing packages? The rate there was 18.34 per 1,000 people.

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