With a recent package theft making headlines in Salem, we have to ask: do you worry about the safety of your packages?
The story of Bill Bushong's stolen birdcage and the video surveillance he captured of a woman stealing a package from his front porch was featured on a handful of local news stations last night and has captured the attention of city residents and many of our readers. So, we have to ask: do you regularly have packages delivered to or picked up from your front doorstep in Salem? Do you ever worry that the items you order won't be there when you get home? Do incidents like the recent theft on Mason Street have you mulling over the installation of surveillance equipment of your own? How can similar thefts be prevented in the future? Let us know in the comments section below.
A Mason Street man is hoping this surveillance footage will help prevent other package thefts in Salem.
When Salem resident Bill Bushong's pet bird started getting into mischief by sticking its head throught the bars of it's birdcage, he knew it was time to order a new one. So, right before Christmas, Bushong went online and arranged to have a $300, 64-pound birdcage delivered to his home on Mason Street. Unfortunately, when the packaged arrived, Bushong realized that the company sent him a cage that was too large - so he left it on his front porch to be picked up as a return package. That was the last time he saw it. When Bushong returned from a business trip and saw that the package was gone, he called the pet supply company to confirm that a new birdcage was on its way and received word that the first one never shipped. It was when he …