- Tips to prevent mail theft
- Don’t leave outgoing mail in your unlocked mailbox with the red flag raised. This will alert not only the letter carrier, but also thieves that outgoing mail is available for pick-up.
- Deposit mail in blue collection boxes or inside your local post office. Don’t leave mail in a full collection box.
- Promptly pick up incoming mail after it is delivered.
- Purchase a locked mailbox.
- Arrange to have your mail delivered to a post office box for a fee.
- Have regular income checks deposited electronically into your bank account via direct deposit.
- Promptly contact the sender if you do not receive credit cards, checks or other valuable mail.
- Notify the post office and mailers if you change your address. When going on vacation, have the post office hold your mail or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail after delivery.
- Be observant of activities on your street, including those areas near your letter carrier, the postal vehicle, residential mailboxes and collection boxes.
- If you see suspicious activity, call your local law enforcement agency while the suspicious people are still there.
— Source: San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 am
Mail theft is an inconvenience. It’s a federal offense. And it’s on the rise throughout San Joaquin County and the Central Valley.
Multiple agencies are warning area residents to be alert after reports of mail theft and mailbox break-ins have spiked — not only in the last year, but in recent weeks as well. While the reasons for the increase remain a mystery, agencies are providing tips that will hopefully minimize the chances of residents falling prey to the thefts.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 am.