Safety is the word of the season

by Shelton on January 28th, 2016

filed under Cash Advances

Wouldn’t it be nice if criminals took the holidays off? In reality, they don’t, and I would venture to guess they may even thrive during this time of year. Talk about the Grinch that stole Christmas.

You don’t have to look far to see a trend of seasonal criminal activity. Just check out the weekly police log or look at the posts being made on social media and you will quickly see what local crimes have residents concerned.

One such concern is thieves stealing unattended packages left on front porches. FedEx offers several tips on its website to help combat package theft. Some of the suggestions include requesting a signature for packages, having packages sent to the nearest FedEx Office where you can pick it up later, putting a hold on deliveries while on vacation, picking an alternate delivery place besides home and even scheduling your own delivery time.

The company also offers a free delivery manager service, which you can sign up for, and a delivery mobile app for your iPhone. More information can be found at

Another area of concern has to do with community mailbox break-ins. Last week’s police log cited two separate reports, and another one was reported the week before.

“I noticed that I didn’t receive mail for two days, which I knew was odd,” explained Tracy resident Lindsay Ortiz, who lives in an area of Tracy that has seen multiple community mailbox break-ins. “I received a call from my bank stating that my credit card, newly issued with a chip, had attempted to be used in Stockton to withdraw money. Since I had never set up a PIN to take cash advances, the transaction was declined. I closed that account and reported the mail theft to Tracy Police Department and the post office.”

Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of the community mailbox concept. I understand that the system might be easier for the person delivering the mail, but the grouping of boxes can also be an enticing target for mail thieves, instead of them going mailbox to mailbox.

The United States Post Office also offers a list of tips for postal customers with centralized (community) mailboxes, which can be found by visiting

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