Texas Cops Using GPS Trackers To Catch Porch Pirates
By Bill Galluccio
December 4, 2018
Operation Grinch Pinch
*****OPERATION GRINCH PINCH***** Be advised that the content of this video is not a 'spoof' but an actual re-enactment of what WILL happen to any individual that decides to steal a 'Bait Package' from a residence (in Fort Worth) during the holidays. Grinch Pinch At Your Own Risk.Posted by Fort Worth Police Department on Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Fort Worth Police Department has launched "Operation Grinch Pinch" in an effort to stop people from stealing packages. Police are planting GPS trackers in random packages, then ensuring the boxes are in view of people on the street. They are working with residents who have a 24/7 surveillance video system installed.
When the tracker senses motion, it alerts nearby officers, who can then track the person who took it and take them into custody.
The department announced the plan to curb the number of package thefts in the city in a Grinch-themed Facebook video.
"We want people to know that we're doing this," Sgt. Chris Britt told WFAA. "We'd rather give people the opportunity to not commit a crime."
"Operation Grinch Pinch" will continue until the end of the year. Officials did not say if they plan to continue the program in 2019.