Leduc RCMP warn public of increase in theft from mailboxes

Leduc, Alberta – Leduc RCMP have seen a notable increase in theft from mailboxes since the beginning of September where there have 12 calls for service relating to theft from mailboxes.

Leduc RCMP urge affected citizens in the Leduc area to take steps to protect themselves from identity theft:

· If you think your mail may have contained replacement credit or bank cards, or credit or bank statements that could be used to attempt fraud on your accounts, contact your bank or credit card company immediately

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· If you are expecting personal identification such as a renewed driver’s license or other government-issued identification, contact the issuing agency immediately.

· If you are expecting to receive utility bills, contact the appropriate companies to ensure that you don’t accidentally miss payment. Stolen bills can also be used by fraudsters in attempts to steal your identity, open new accounts or get cash loans.

“As a preventative step, we urge residents to check their mail every day to lessen the risk of losing important pieces of mail,” says Constable Cheri-Lee Smith. “If you are going to be away from your residents, ensure someone checks your mail for you.”

Leduc RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7267. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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