Local Authorities: Be Alert For Mail Thieves - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Authorities: Be Alert For Mail Thieves

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A Spokane Valley apartment complex manager reported to Crime Check Monday that a suspect has broken into the complex mailboxes twice this month and stolen residents' mail.

Both the residents at the Franciscan Apartments and the United States Postal Service have been notified of thefts.

Mail theft has been an ongoing issue for Spokane County residents since the wave of identity theft began several years ago, but police frequently see a spike in November and December as people begin sending holiday cards and letters containing gift cards, checks and cash.

Persons sending such financial gifts or payments containing checks should deposit those items in the large blue postal boxes located at post offices or central shopping centers, rather than in roadside residential mail boxes.

 Area residents who receive mail at such mail boxes should be alert to strangers in their neighborhoods, and should remove mail from the boxes as soon as possible.  Have a trusted neighbor or friend collect your incoming mail if you are out of town or otherwise unable to collect if yourself.

Identity thieves can compromise your financial accounts once they have your name and account numbers from your stolen mail and checks.

 

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