San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: December 11, 2016 

INCIDENT: Mail Theft

**COMMUNITY REMINDER**

Summary

As we find ourselves in the middle of the gift giving season we would like to remind the community that historically, this is the prime time for mail theft and this year has proven to be no different. There has been a significant increase in reported mail thefts so far in the 2016 holiday season, in comparison to the 2015 holiday season.

The thieves know that this is the perfect time to find checks, gift cards, and packages being delivered and sent out and they are taking advantage of it. Victims have reported not receiving parcels they were expecting, finding mailboxes left open and mail strewn about, having all of their mail stolen, locks broken, and in some cases the entire mailbox has been taken. Group mailboxes have become a hot target for theft due to the larger volume of mail in a single location.

The Victorville Police Department would like to remind you to check your mail daily, as most mail thefts occur in the overnight hours. To further decrease your chances of becoming a victim, we offer the following recommendations:

•Utilize a post office box to receive your mail.
•Deliver your outgoing mail to the post office instead of leaving it in your mailbox for pickup.
•Have reoccurring payments deposited directly to your bank account, when possible.
•When family or friends send checks, gift cards, or packages, request that they send them via a delivery service where a signature is required upon receipt, avoiding these items being left at your home when you are away.
•If you are going to be away from home, ask the post office to hold your mail for pickup when you return.

If you feel you have been a victim of mail theft, please report it as soon as possible by calling the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line at (760) 956-5001.

Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer

Station: Victorville Police Department

Phone No. (760) 241-2911

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700