Mail theft rate above av­er­age

Fig­ures show rise in cases in South Bucks area

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

any­where else in the coun­try.

Exclusive anal­y­sis of the lat­est crime fig­ures by the Ad­ver­tiser/Ex­am­iner has re­vealed that there were 13 cases of mail theft recorded by po­lice in the area in 2016.

That’s up from six sim­i­lar in­ci­dents the year be­fore.

While mail theft is rel­a­tively un­com­mon – work­ing out at only one in­ci­dent for every 5,300 peo­ple living in South Bucks – the rate in the area is more than four times as high as the national av­er­age.

Across Eng­land and Wales, there were 2,563 cases of peo­ple’s mail be­ing stolen over the course of the year – up from 2,336 cases in 2015.

That works out as just one in­ci­dent of mail theft recorded by po­lice for every 22,585 peo­ple living in the two coun­tries.

Wy­combe also had a par­tic­u­larly high rate of peo­ple steal­ing mail com­pared to the rest of Eng­land and Wales.

Some­one’s mail was re­ported stolen within the area on 27 oc­ca­sions in 2016 – once for every 6,500 peo­ple living there.

Mean­while, this type of crime was less of a prob­lem in places like Chiltern – al­though the rate there is still well above the national av­er­age.

The area saw just nine cases of mail theft that year, or one for every 10,500 peo­ple.

If your mail is stolen and crim­i­nals gain your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, they can then use this to com­mit other crimes such as card fraud or iden­tity theft.

Peo­ple living in blocks of flats with com­mu­nal let­ter boxes can be par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to mail theft, but there are mea­sures you can take to limit the danger.

Ac­tion Fraud – the National Fraud and Cy­ber Crime Re­port­ing Cen­tre – rec­om­mend that you make sure your let­ter­box is se­cure and can­not be ac­cessed by any­one else, and pick up your post reg­u­larly.

You should also en­sure that you tell any im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as your bank, im­me­di­ately if you are chang­ing your ad­dress.

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