Two weeks ago, I shared a posting about these types of informational stickers on the Tracy Talks Facebook page and was surprised at the attention this single post received. According to Facebook, that post reached 8,996 people and prompted 43 shares, 29 likes and a wave of chitchat that spun off the post from those who shared it.
The cause for concern is the information that could be contained within the sticker decals. Parking passes could tell someone where you live or work, which could be out of town. School honor roll stickers
could indicate where your children go to school and possibly what area of town you live in. Stick-figure family decals, some of which include names, could reveal the size of your family. Stickers of these types could also give information about your family’s extracurricular activities and maybe even the number of pets — and what type — within your home.
Although some comments left on Facebook reflected a liking of these types of stickers, especially the stick-figure family decals, the majority of comments in response to the posting were less than positive about them. One amusing comment suggested choosing “zombie family” stickers to scare off would-be criminals.
Interestingly enough, June 2014 has been declared Crime Stoppers Month in the city of Tracy by a proclamation from Mayor Brent Ives and the City Council. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the second Badges vs. Badges Blazin’ Challenge — for police, fire and sheriff departments and California Highway Patrol — will take place at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2796 Naglee Road. Each contestant must eat 12 wings covered in blazing hot sauce in six minutes — with no water. During the entire month of June, Buffalo Wild Wings in Tracy will donate a portion of each dine-in meal if someone mentions Tracy Crime Stoppers to the server.
“The support and visibility that sponsors like Buffalo Wild Wings, Premier Automotive and the West Valley Mall is helping to make the Tracy community a safer place to live work and play,” Marshall Rose, president of the Tracy Crime Stoppers Unit, said. “It costs around $4,000 a year to operate our Crime Stoppers program — the anonymous TipSoft online system, 24/7 answering service and in addition to any informational materials, website, etc. We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word and for fundraising.”
More information is available at www.tracycrimestoppers.com.
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