Mail theft is on the rise.
Local RCMP have recently received several reports of this type of crime.
As a result Mounties have stepped up patrols in and around community mail boxes that have been affected, said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
"We are asking for help from our citizens in an effort to reduce the number of thefts from the mail," she said.
Theft of mail can result in identity theft, along with theft of cheques, money, and other valuable items.
"Our partnership with Canada Post Security and Investigations is aimed at identifying the thief, or thieves, who engage in this type of criminal activity," Dunlop added.
Citizens can help by reporting any theft, as well as any suspicious people in their neighbourhoods, and by following some tips to prevent mail theft.
Canada Post Security and Investigations has some tips on how to minimize the mail theft by following a few simple steps:
- Pick up mail as soon as possible after it has been delivered.
- If planning a holiday, have someone pick up the mail daily or take advantage of Canada Post's Hold Mail service.
- If the mail has been delivered incorrectly, write "delivered to wrong address" on the envelope.
- If addressed to someone not living at an address, write "not at this address."
- If suspicious activity around a community mailbox is spotted, call the police.
- If a mailbox has been overturned or vandalized, contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.