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Summerlin homes come with safety lockers to stop package thieves

Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 13:53:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — From coast to coast, cameras all over the country have captured porch pirates sail through neighborhoods.

Here in the valley, package thieves have shown no shame -- swiping everything from baby toys to cancer medications off of porches.

But a new housing development in Summerlin aims to stop them by installing a metal locker in each new home.

Susan Proctor, the sales manager for Mesa Ridge says, "We're aware that it is a problem throughout the valley and we are trying to get ahead of the problem."

Parcel Pending's "smart home lockers" will be installed in Toll Brother's Mesa Ridge community.

Construction is still ongoing but once built, the lockers will be attached to the homes' garages.

So how do the lockers work? It's connected to your wi-fi and comes with an app.

Jason Willoby of Toll Brothers walked us through the process. "I'm gonna come up (to the locker) and simply scan the barcode. It's going to ask for signature required? If a signature is required you're going to select yes and hit continue. That would then alert you on your mobile app that you need to go ahead and sign for your package prior for you to be able to get it.

The locker has a live camera and another one that takes still images of whomever comes to your door to deliver.

It also has compartments that fit different package sizes.

Once your package is delivered, when you get home, you'll have access to the locker from inside your garage.

You'll see three buttons lit up. "Green means that the lockers are able to be opened this time. If there's a signature required these lights will actually illuminate to red," says Willoby.

All you need to do is sign for the package through the app, the the light turns green and in just one push of a button: "The parcel package system opens up. Take the package out. Close the locker system. That allows the package system to be accessed again and you're safe with your package at home you don't even have to go outside."