Modesto Residents Should Be Aware of Mail Theft

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.