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Mail Theft Strikes Brentwood

Voter registration cards are being left behind, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Philip Enbody notified Brentwood residents that mail is being stolen from mailboxes around the community. In place of the mail taken, suspects have left voter registration cards for Riverside County. 

All mail thefts are a Federal Crime and investigated by U.S Postal Service. 

To protect against mail theft, Enbody suggests:

  • Use the letter slots at your post office to mail letters, or give them to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail up promptly after delivery. Never leave your mail in your mail box overnight.
  • Install a locked mailbox.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Pay bills with an electronic bill payment service.
  • Ask your bank for "secure" checks that can’t be altered.
  • Have your local post office hold your mail while you’re on vacation.
  • Exchange work and vacation schedules with trusted neighbors, so you can watch each other’s mailboxes. 

If you see someone stealing mail, call 911 immediately; give the operator the suspect and vehicle descriptions.

If you have been a victim of mail theft, contact the U.S. Postal Inspector immediately. Call (877) 876-2455.

Enbody urges residents to contact him if you have been a victim of a mail theft, so he can alert the basic car officers working Brentwood of the crime.

Jay Graving October 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Because of its simplicity mail theft is reaching epidemic proportions all across the country. As a homeowner you need to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to protecting your identity. By leaving your mail (credit card app's, blank checks, prescriptions, medical info, and other personal information), unprotected in your mailbox you're basically giving a stranger the key to the front door of your house. I bought a locking mailbox 6 years ago and it’s one of the best investments I've ever made. I no longer have to worry about my mail when I'm at work all day or if I'm gone for the weekend and I don't have to rush home right away from anywhere to check my mail. Nothing protects you 100% from identity or mail theft but by having a locking mailbox you'll certainly feel a lot better when you're gone than by not having one at all. The security and peace of mind it brought me was definitely worth the small price I paid. Jay lockingmailboxstore.com

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