Strathcona County RCMP Provide Tips To Prevent Mail Thefts
Dec. 4, 2020
Strathcona County RCMP provide tips to prevent mail thefts
Strathcona County, Alta. – As the holidays approach, Strathcona County RCMP would like to remind the public of some tips on how to prevent mail theft. During the pandemic, more and more people have been shopping online which means there will be an increase of items delivered through the mail. We want everyone to have a happy holiday and receive everything they have ordered.
Tips to prevent mail box and parcel 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.
- Plan to be home when packages are supposed to arrive or arrange an alternate pickup location.
“During the holiday season, this type of theft sometimes spikes as thieves hope to find Christmas cards with cheques, gift cards 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 or if they observe and suspicious vehicles or persons loitering around community mailboxes. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).