Man Stops Thieves with Clever Trick

Revenge, sweet revenge. We’re cautioned against it morally but good grief, sometimes one bad turn deserves a funny one. And sometimes, it’s simply worth savoring.

What would you do if someone were repeatedly violating you or your property? With little recourse, would you fight back? Like a scene out of the movie Home Alone, that’s exactly what Tacoma resident Jaireme Barrow did. Repeated package thefts from his front porch prodded the fed-up homeowner to take action.

Over a series of two months, Jaireme had packages go missing multiple times. Tired of his stuff getting stolen, he set up a couple surveillance cameras for extra security. Footage caught some of the thieves stealing boxes. What he did next to strike back was absolutely brilliant.

Equal parts prank and deterrent, Jaireme rigged up a decoy box and set it on his porch. The thieves had no idea what was inside, but when they went to snatch it up, the box would give them a loud surprise. In the video, a woman can be seen hopping out of a car and strolling up to his porch. She’s way too casual right?

The nervy gal makes a grab for the box but then drops it and runs off screaming. Did you catch what happened? Guess she didn’t want to get fatally “shot”. Jaireme outfitted the box with a blank shotgun shell that fired each time the box was lifted off the ground.

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An entire mechanism was housed within the box and attached to string. With a loud firecracker sound, bandits were scared off thinking someone was shooting at them. Haaaaaa! Serves them right! Watch the video to see several more unsuccessful robbery attempts and the frightened reactions from the perps.

Jaireme noticed an increase in the brazen behavior during holiday season when people have lots of packages being shipped to them. For the unscrupulous, that time of year is opportune for cruising around looking for something to swipe. He planned to continue leaving the empty box and its booby-trapping contents at his door for the remainder of the season.

You’ve got to admit it was funny to see the target turn the tables here. Lucky for those crooks that they only got a loud bang and not a paint or dog doo explosion to go with it. As for the secrets to Jaireme’s genius invention? He’s keeping its construction under wraps so no one gets hurt.

After some of these jokers met their match on Jaireme’s doorstep, it could make you wonder if they tried the same thing with anyone else –  ever again. Wishful thinking would either have them caught by authorities or scared straight. Either way, no more repeat offenders will be bothering Jaireme Barrow anymore!

Enjoy watching the petty thieves get their just desserts in the clip below from news channel KIRO 7. Good on Jaireme for deciding he wasn’t going to keep being a victim.

Have you ever had packages pilfered from your front door? Did you set a booby trap to catch the thief in the act? Share with us in the comments!