Posted on June 2, 2021
| 2:03 p.m.
The Santa Barbara Police Department reminds the Santa Barbara community of the impacts of mail theft and what residents can do to protect against it.
Thieves look for crimes of opportunity to steal mail, the department reports. Mail theft can lead to more serious crimes of identity theft and fraud, which can be detrimental to a victim’s livelihood.
The Police Department makes the following suggestion:
» When sending mail, drop letters containing checks or personal information directly in USPS postal boxes; personally hand them to mail carriers; or deliver them by hand to the nearest post office.
» Criminals look for unlocked or overflowing mailboxes to target, so remember to clear out mail as soon as possible. Purchasing a locking mailbox that is accessible to postal carriers is another option.
» Anyone who is out of town should have a family member or friend retrieve their mail., or contact the U.S. Postal Service and place a “hold mail request” at https://www.usps.com/manage/hold-mail.htm.
» Residents are asked to remain vigilant and call the Santa Barbara Police Department if they observe a suspicious subject or suspicious activity on or around their property or a neighbor’s; phone 9-1-1 or 805-882-8922.
» Anyone who is a victim of mail theft, identity theft, or fraud, should file a report with the Santa Barbara Police Department or local law enforcement agency. Visit https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police/online/report_crime/default.asp.
Officers and detectives are working to solve these crimes when leads exist. However, cases of mail theft often lead to more complex cases of fraud and identity theft that take extended periods of time to investigate.
Source: on 2021-06-02 17:00:00
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