Humboldt Co. Sheriffâ??s Office issues holiday mail theft warning

Dec 16, 2013 11:51 AM

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about mail thefts after Christmas cards were ripped open and strewn across the road on Nancy and Melody Courts in the Pine Hill area of Eureka. The theft and vandalism of the mail boxes and its contents occurred sometime Sunday.

Mail theft is a continuing problem, especially this time of year, the sheriff’s office stated in a press release this morning. Thieves often target unsecured mail boxes before and after the delivery trucks arrive and they typically look for money, blank checks, and packages of personal information as well as credit card information. The holidays provide more lucrative mail for thieves due to the amount of holiday cards and packages being sent.

The sheriff’s office also provided these tips to protect yourself from mail theft:

· Have a secured locking mailbox if possible

· Use the letter slots at your post office to mail letters, a postal box or give them to a letter carrier.

· Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.

· Don’t send cash in the mail.

· Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.

· Tell your post office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return

· Watch for suspicious persons following the mailperson, UPS or Fed Ex Truck or looking in mail boxes. Report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency

You can also go to the US Postal Inspectors Web site


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