With the holidays approaching, package delivery will undoubtedly increase. Please be expeditious in retrieving packages that are in the mail boxes as well as those left at your front door. If you are planning a trip out of town, please alert your neighbors so they can keep an eye on things as well as hold packages for you that might be left at your doorstep. Let’s do our best to eliminate opportunities for thieves to take away our holiday parcels.
Help Prevent Mail Theft
A neighbor reported today that a FedEx package that was delivered to her home on Friday was stolen from her front porch at about 6 am on Saturday. It has been reported to the police and video has been captured.
This is a reminder to all to be vigilant about your delivery services. Please remember to pick up mail from the mailboxes and packages from your front doors as soon as possible. Thanks to all for helping to keep our neighborhood safe!
Protecting Your Castle
“A man’s house is his castle.” -James Otis. As such we should take appropriate precautions to protect it from outsiders. One of the simplest safety measures we should all do is to know our adjoining neighbors. Our neighbors can act as guards and watchmen for our house. Get to know those on either side of you, behind you, and even in front of you. Share your contact information with one another so that in the event that something does arise, you can communicate with your neighbor to let them know. So even if it’s been one month, one year, or more(!), please make introductions with those around you.
Mailbox vandalism continues to be a very serious problem in our community. In the past few months alone, more than 10 instances have occurred of the mailbox and parcel boxes being forcibly opened. The most recent occurrence was on January 5th at the pool mailboxes.
A significant percentage of our neighbors rarely retrieve mail from their mail or parcel boxes. This is a great disservice to your neighbors. If there is no mail to steal, there is no incentive to keep coming back to break into more boxes. Please retrieve your mail regularly and often.
The board has considered running electrical power to each mailbox location and commercial solar powered lighting as solutions to prevent/deter break-ins. However, these are cost prohibitive. The board is currently soliciting low cost ideas for how to keep the mailbox areas well lit and camera security options. Please email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, if you see suspicious activity report to the police immediately.
The following is from our Postal Inspector:
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service, was recently notified of mail theft activity in the Scofield Farms area. Mail Theft is a federal crime under 18 USC, Section 1708, Theft or Possession of Stolen Mail. If you have been a victim of mail theft or have any information concerning this crime, please contact me at (512) 342-1563. We also offer the following suggestions to protect your mail.
If you have a check that was stolen and subsequently forged and cashed, please notify our office as quickly as possible at 512-342-1563.