Strathcona County RCMP Investigate Mail Thefts
Dec. 15, 2022
Strathcona County RCMP investigate mail thefts
Strathcona County, Alta. - Strathcona County RCMP are presently investigating a large number of thefts of mail incidents that have occurred at various locations throughout Strathcona County during the past few weeks.
The thefts involve small parcels and cards, along with general mail being stolen from compartments in community mailboxes located throughout rural Strathcona County.
Tips to prevent mail box thefts:
- Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
- If you’re planning a holiday, have someone retrieve your mail on a daily basis OR for a small fee, Canada Post will hold your mail at the delivery office and deliver it upon your return.
- Check the physical security of your mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage.
- If you see a damaged or overturned mailbox, contact Canada Post to report.
- Do not send cash or cheques in the mail.
For further information and tips regarding mail security, please visit www.canadapost.ca/postalsecurity.
To report a damaged, overturned or vandalized mailbox please contact Canada Post at 1-866-607-6301.
“During the holiday season, this type of theft sometimes spikes as thieves hope to find Christmas cards with cheques or cash in them”, said Cst. Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCMP. “We are urging people to check their mail every day to lessen the risk of losing important pieces of mail.”
Residents are encouraged to contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 if they believe they are a victim of mail theft. Residents are also reminded to report suspicious vehicles or persons that they notice loitering around community mailboxes to police or call Crime Stoppers with information at 1-800-222-8477.