Those wishing to steal packages may soon be in for an explosive surprise, as one Washington man comes out with a decoy package to deter thieves.
Tacoma resident Jaireme Barrow has developed a booby trap deterrent device called The Blank Box, which utilizes a 12 Gauge Shotgun blank-armed wooden frame hidden inside a cardboard box disguised as a parcel.
When people try and steal the box, a tension wire triggers the firing pin, which sets off the blank and sends the would-be thieves running for the hills.
According to the Daily Mail, his device has been tested several times in real-world incidents, with security footage capturing the pure terror on the faces of unsuspecting package thieves.
Similar devices are nothing new- the entire premise of the idea is based on tripwire devices that farmers use to scare away varmints.