Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weekly Tip - Help Prevent Mail Theft

The theft of mail is a problem that impacts individuals in every community. Mail theft can be random, or planned and repeated time and time again at the same location. Thieves will target a residence with unlocked or easily accessed mail boxes, taking mail that contains vital information about you. They may open accounts, conduct fraudulent activity and intercept the incoming bills before you even see them. This is just one form of Identity Theft. The State of California has a website that discusses ID theft and has a list of prevention tips. View those TIPS HERE.

The US Postal Inspection Service works with local Law Enforcement to combat and prosecute those responsible for stealing your identity, services and goods. Take a look at the US Postal Inspection Service website for more valuable information to help prevent mail and identity theft.

If you see someone tampering with a mailbox or stealing mail, call the police.  Be a good witness and gather as much information as possible, like suspect and suspect vehicle description, suspect vehicle license plate, and where the suspect was last seen.  Our Dispatch can be reached at 626-574-5123.

HERE is an additional link to the USPS for regulations regarding movement or placement of a mailbox.

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