Police warn of letterbox thefts
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.