Tracy Talks: Don’t advertise your life to crooks
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jun 12, 2014 | 3953 views | 5 5 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Could you be giving free information to criminals? Do you have school honor roll stickers, parking passes or stick-figure family decals attached to your vehicle?

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.

• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation and Mrs. California BOTN, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at annemarie@columnist.com.

 
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victor_jm
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June 16, 2014
Maybe we ought to be more humble and not advertise our lives at all. Isn't the author of this essay advertising herself?

Body graffiti says something about people, as well. People just love to advertise themselves; it is a way for them to distinction themselves, though this action may be motivated by vanity or the relative of vanity, insecurity, because we are so psychologically fragile and without excessive public shows of display, we might go unnoticed, and this would hurt. I don't go for "branding."

Please continue feeding the cows to the dogs--it is good therapy.

Mblog
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June 16, 2014
I am not sure what your ramblings have to do with this article. There is no mention of body graffiti in this piece. As for the author I have never seen her on television with body graffiti - does she even have tattoo? And what is it about feeding cows to the dogs? You don't make any sense here. Maybe you should read the article before making a public comment.
victor_jm
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June 17, 2014
Mblog,

I agree with you about my "rambling," and my writing was sloppy. I better stop. But, hey, keep feeding the cows to the dogs, anyway. Now, what this means is we grossly breed one species of animal to feed another. Cows are bred to feed dogs--and us. I typically find the metaphysics of people who ramble symbolic of this feeding of the cows to the dogs. Nothing complicated.
dd95376
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June 17, 2014
victor_jm

You may be confusing mblog with newsfan01 or not.
Mblog
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June 16, 2014
I see several of these type of stickers around town. Good information to know.


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