City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 10:00 AM

Residents Should Be Aware of Mail Theft


Residents Should Be Aware of Mail Theft

 

NEWS RELEASE

Date: October 9, 2013

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354

Author: Heather Graves

 

 

MODESTO, CA- Investigators look to warn residents of mail theft throughout Modesto.

Over a one month period, twelve reports have been filed for mail theft.  This number is low considering most of these crimes go unreported.  Below is a link to a video from a victim in Northwest Modesto.  The male in the video approaches the residence where he proceeds to take a package off of the victim’s porch and rides away.  Investigators believe the female in the background is associated with the male and they may be casing neighborhoods. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbMyDCZIyAs&feature=youtu.be  

As we enter the holiday season, there will likely be an increase in delivered mail, including packages.  Investigators ask that you take these simple steps to reduce your chances of being a victim. 

·         Require a signature for delivered packages.

·         Can’t require a signature? Have your packages delivered to you at work or to someone you know will be home.

·         If packages are delivered to your residence, bring them inside immediately.

·         Do not put outgoing mail in your mailbox.  Instead, deliver it to the post office.

·         Have personal checks delivered to your bank for pick-up.

·         Check your mail daily.

·         Be a good neighbor.  Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood immediately to police.

 If you are a victim of mail theft, you can file a report by calling (209) 572-9573 or online at www.modestopolice.com.

 Police ask anyone who may have information on the persons in the video to please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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