iSight + SecuritySpy + Canada Post

So here’s the problem: Catherine and Oliver are away in Ontario. I’m expecting an eBay shipment via Canada Post Xpresspost sometime today. At home. I hung around the house until 1:00 p.m., but eventually I had to get some work done, meaning that if the package comes I won’t be there to greet it, and I’ll have to go to the Post Office after 5:00 p.m. to pick it up.

But how will I know if delivery actually gets attempted?

Download SecuritySpy, install on Catherine’s iMac, point her iSight camera out the front window at the vestibule, and configure to send me email when the camera detects motion.

Here’s me, detected leaving the house:

SecuritySpy Demo

I’ll let you know if this actually works out in the end.


CharlesP's picture
CharlesP on April 21, 2006 - 19:49 Permalink

What’s wrong with assuming that they will leave a “sorry we missed you” card on your doorknob?

Did they stop doing that at some point?

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on April 21, 2006 - 21:22 Permalink

I want to know if they leave such a card so I can get to the Post Office after 5:00 p.m. and pick up the parcel (without going home first).

oliver's picture
oliver on April 21, 2006 - 22:07 Permalink

What if your mail deliverer is a special ops type trained in evading surveillance?

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on April 21, 2006 - 22:37 Permalink

Followup: the package never arrived; Canada Post’s website last has it in Richmond, BC yesterday. It was sent Wednesday from Richmond, however, and their “delivery guarantee” says it should have been here by 5pm today. Sigh.

oliver's picture
oliver on April 22, 2006 - 18:07 Permalink

See, it’s more or less what I was worried about. These guys are pros. They saw the drop site was staked out and so they aborted.