Sherwood Park, Alberta – Strathcona County RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind residents about taking necessary precautions to safeguard their mail year round but especially during the holidays. Police are presently investigating a large number of thefts of mail from community mail boxes that have occurred at various locations throughout Strathcona County during the past few weeks.
Rural residents are advised to pick up their mail more often and if anyone notices someone loitering around the mailboxes, the incident should be reported to police.
“We are trying to educate people to check their mailbox each day,” said Cst. Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCM, “Any rural, secluded location can be more susceptible as thieves can operate under that cloud of secrecy where no one sees them depending where the boxes are located.”
Some of the thefts could be local, opportunistic crimes, but more organized identity thieves are looking for sensitive personal information like drivers’ licenses, credit card statements, pre-approved credit cards and cheques.
Strathcona County RCMP strongly recommend the following safety tips that will minimize the opportunities for theft:
• Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after delivery and do not leave it overnight.
• If you’re planning a holiday, have someone retrieve your mail on a daily basis or use a hold mail service available through Canada Post.
• If you receive mail that is not yours, do not leave it in an unprotected area. Write”Delivered to wrong address” or “not at this address” on the front of the envelope and deposit the letter into the outgoing slot of the Canada Post mailbox.
• Check the physical security of your mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage.
• Never send cash in the mail.
• Deposit mail close to the designated pick up time posted on your mailbox.
• Deposit mail items containing sensitive information at your local post office.
Residents who notice damaged mailboxes or broken compartment locks can contact Canada Post toll free at 800-267-1177. For further information and tips regarding mail security, please visit www.canadapost.ca/postalsecurity.
If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Strathcona County RCMP