Markus Robert is a former NASA engineer who makes videos to get young people interested in science. He has been there for more than 10 years. He got inspiration for his most popular series after a couple stole a package from their Silicon Valley front porch. Although he had video, he told our sister station in San Francisco that the police would not do anything.
“Then I just had to think, wait a minute, I could actually do something about these guys and stop them from stealing packages in the future,” he said.
Rober built bait packs that activate when opened.
They either spray thieves with glitter, douse their house or car in smelly liquid, or scare them with a harmless countdown that makes them throw the box away so Rober and his team can retrieve it. It’s Rober’s version of those Home Alone movies where Macauley Caulkin fights the bad guys.
“It’s such a part of the charm, using harmless things to get back at these guys,” he said.
In the past, Rober planted glitter bombs in cars in San Francisco and he couldn’t figure out why the thieves didn’t open them. Then he came over a KGO I-Team report from April.
“Well after watching your video and seeing oh it’s a fencing operation and the value for it is not open,” he said. “It’s just a matter of taking the thing to the person as it is for cash. It’s like, ah, that makes sense.”
In burglaries registered in San Francisco last week, Rober was able to show the efficiency with which the thieves work.
In the YouTube video, he said: “And while this guy here looks like Iron Man just casually pushing his hand through, on his palm embedded in the glove you don’t see a sharp bit of ceramic or some kind of hardened steel spike like that.” What.”
And he caught a technique they’re using — smashing in those little side windows.
“But the real reason for breaking the small window was to fold down the back seat and check the trunk, which means that if you’re not taking anything else from this video, you should know that putting your luggage in the trunk to prevent it from being stolen,” he said in his latest YouTube video.
Rober has been placing glitter bombs on porches and in cars for five years, and he does see a promising trend — it was harder to get thieves to steal packages from cars in San Francisco, and more Good Samaritans turned in packages left there Group Mailbox Pages.
“Maybe they’ve seen all the other glitter bomb videos, so they’re so scared of glitter and nobody’s willing to steal a package. That’s my hope, that’s my hope,” he said, laughing.
So could it be true? KGO checked it ABC7 Neighborhood Security Tracker and over the past 12 months, the region has seen the highest rate of vehicle theft since 2015.
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