Mail theft rate above average
Figures show rise in cases in South Bucks area
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.