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Increase in Mail Box Theft – Langley

Langley RCMP have been receiving increased reports of mail theft. Police are asking the community to pay particular attention to mailboxes in their area and take note of anyone that seems suspicious or out of place near the boxes. If someone you do not recognize is lurking around the boxes, take note of the date and time, their description and any vehicles potentially associated to the individual. This information might be useful to police should a theft occur in your area.

If you witness any suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 immediately and report your location and any description you are able to provide. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tips to Prevent Mail Theft

  • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after delivery – don’t leave mail unattended in your mailbox overnight. Once your mail is delivered, it is your personal property. Mail theft, like any theft of personal property can lead to financial loss and considerable inconvenience. Don’t leave anything, treat your mail like cash!
  • 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.
  • If you receive mail that is not yours, do not leave it in an unprotected area. Write “delivered to wrong address” or “not at this address” on the front of the envelope. Deposit the letter into an outgoing mail slot of a Canada Post mailbox at your earliest convenience.
  • Check the physical security of your mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage.
  • The RCMP works closely with Canada Post postal inspectors to combat mail and identity theft.
  • Report any suspicious activity to police.
  • If you see a damaged or overturned mailbox, contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.

Be Aware

  • Stolen mail can be used to facilitate Identity Theft.
  • Identity Theft occurs when someone steals your name and other personal information in order to assume your identity, gain access to your finances, make purchases and incur debts in your name.

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