On Feb. 11, a Golden Valley woman reported that her mailbox was broken into. According to a Golden Valley police incident report, a suspect damaged a mailbox at the 7200 block of Glenwood Avenue, which is a misdemeanor crime.
In a recent neighborhood watch blog post, Golden Valley police warned residents that mail theft is a common issue.
"Recently, we have had an increase of incidents of mail being stolen from mailboxes, most often mailboxes that had the flag raised to signify a mail pickup," police said.
Below are tips offered by the Golden Valley Police Department:
- Use the letter slots at your post office to mail letters, or hand them to a letter carrier.
- Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won't be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
- Don’t send cash in the mail.
- Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.
- Have your local post office hold your mail while you're on vacation, or absent from your home for a long period of time.
- If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
- If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
If you are the victim of mail theft, notify the police to file a police report and report it to the US Postal Service.