January 21, 2011 > Mail Theft
Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
Mail theft is a significant problem that is often preventable. Avoid becoming a victim of mail theft by following these tips:
* Don't leave outgoing mail in an unlocked box. Take it to the post office or a retail mail service store. If you don't have a choice and must leave outgoing mail in your mailbox, do this immediately before the letter carrier arrives.
* Avoid leaving mail out in your mailbox on Sundays and holidays, when letter carriers don't provide services.
* Consider replacing your current mailbox with one that has a locking device.
* Never raise the mailbox flag. The red flag sticking up is an open invitation to thieves.
* Have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail when you are out of town.
* Arrange to pick up newly ordered checks at the bank instead of receiving them by mail.
* Use gel pens to write and sign checks. The ink in gel pens is resistant to chemicals used in check washing schemes.
* Check your bank statements frequently.
* Always shred your personal documents and credit cards before discarding them.