King County, Washington | The King County Sheriffs Office headquartered in Seattle, Washington released these helpful tips on their Facebook page to warn residents about increasing mail thefts. This isn’t happening in just King County but all around the State and they want you to know the signs and how to protect yourself.
Some tips to prevent mail thefts:
The suspects are looking for mail that contains items they can turn around quickly; such as gift cards and/or cash. If they find checks they’re washing them, making them out to themselves and changing the amounts.
While the thefts happen at all hours of the day, lately most occur during two different time periods, noon to 2 PM and midnight to 2 AM. The suspects target traditional mailboxes, yet they aren’t deterred by locking ones either. They will pry open locked boxes and have even gone so far as to use a torch on the hinges on a bank of mailboxes like those found in many housing developments.
- Make it a habit to collect your mail every day.
- Don’t ever leave your mail in the box overnight.
- Consider buying a locking mailbox.
- When on vacation either arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold your mail until you return.
- When sending mail, don’t place it out for your mail carrier; drop it off at the post office.
- That red flag is a notice to everyone that there is mail in the box.
If you see anyone hanging around mailboxes , visiting your neighbor’s home while away, stealing packages from doorsteps or something doesn’t seem right to you, call 9-1-1 immediately and report the descriptions of the person[s], vehicle and license number. The better you describe the information to the Dispatcher, the better you become a great witness helping Police catch the bad guy[s].
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