Having a package stolen by your porch sucks. Whatever is in the box, it just feels … to break. Someone entered your place and took your things just because they could get away from it. And even if you go to the police with license plates and high-resolution facials, they often respond with a big, apathetic exercise (especially around Christmas when the packet theft clouds).
Having one of their own nabbed engineers, engineer / YouTuber Mark Rober decided to take things in their own hands. He built a box like … well, it will make some faithful thieves think twice before he hits his house again.
Here is the video:
In what is possible, you can get a good vacuum. wonderful over-manipulated act of helpless retribution to exist, this thing is just made on inventive team.
It starts with a GPS tracker that lets Mark know when the box has been moved.
As soon as it is opened, a specially-built spider blends ridiculously nice glitter in all directions, covering the one that opened it from top to toe (or in many of the filmed cases from car door to car door). Look for slo-mo glitter explosion on about four minutes of land – it alone is a work of art.
A few seconds later comes a blast of canned spray spray. Or, I should say that the first blast of canned syringe … because it continues to come (in part, hoping the thief will throw the box so that Mark can use the GPS tracker to restore it).  Oh, and the whole thing is being filmed (and uploaded online!) From basically every angle, thanks to a very carefully adjusted rig on four hidden cameras.
And that's more! I do not want to spoil it, but everything to the small details in the box itself was planned to make the thieves feel a little dumber after the glitter has hit.
Now this is not something you should try at home. Building packages that use hidden switches and circuit boards to do unexpected things when you open them seem like something that can list you in a list. But holy wow, seeing it's therapeutic.
Want to go deeper? His fellow member of this project, Sean Hodgins, has a tear down video about the engineer involved.