Po­lice warn of let­ter­box thefts

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

THE place­ment and de­sign of let­ter­boxes will be a vi­tal con­sid­er­a­tion for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions in Pen­rith af­ter St Marys and Pen­rith po­lice re­ported an in­crease in mail-theft.

St Marys po­lice con­firmed there had been a spike in mail theft across the re­gion in re­cent months.

“Within the St Marys local area com­mand there has been an in­crease in steal­ing from mail­boxes,” St Marys crime man­ager de­tec­tive In­spec­tor Barry Vin­cent told The Stan­dard.

Po­lice cited the de­sign of flat build­ings as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the on­go­ing prob­lem.

Pen­rith Council raised the is­sue at its last meet­ing and de­cided the council’s City Safety and Se­cu­rity Depart­ment would as­sess let­ter­box de­sign on all fu­ture de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

Insp Vin­cent said there were a few sim­ple things res­i­dents could do to reduce the risk of mail theft.

“We’re just re­mind­ing res­i­dents to make sure they clear their mail­boxes reg­u­larly and, if pos­si­ble, keep it locked and not let any­one ac­cess their mail,” Insp Vin­cent said.

“If they are able to, have their mail di­verted to a post of­fice box, which is a more se­cure op­tion.

“Mail that con­tains points of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion can be of value to peo­ple who want to com­mit fraud.

“We’re also re­mind­ing res­i­dents if they see peo­ple act­ing sus­pi­ciously to give Crime Stop­pers a call, al­though St Marys po­lice is prob­a­bly your best bet for a local and more timely re­sponse.”

Aus­tralia Post ad­vises that if you think your iden­tity has been com­pro­mised, you can call iD­care (Ex­ter­nal link) – a free iden­tity theft sup­port ser­vice – on 1300 432 273.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make an in­quiry, visit the Aus­tralia Post web­site at aus­post.com.au.

Po­lice show­ing how easy it is for let­ter­box thefts, most com­monly un­locked or too small for let­ters.

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