File # 2013-32278
2013-10-23 13:52 PDT

Over the last month, communities throughout the Langleys (and the Lower Mainland) have been victimized by break-in’s into mailboxes. This past Monday alone, 18 mailboxes were pried open and the mail items may have been stolen.

Photograph of a Super MailboxLangley RCMP is asking the public to be particularly vigilant and report suspicious people, vehicles or activity in your neighbourhood, especially in close proximity to mailboxes.

Langley RCMP Street Enforcement Unit is working closely with Canada Post Postal Inspectors and neighbouring police agencies to address the issue and identify the person(s) responsible.

 

 

In the meantime, we would like to offer some prevention tips to minimize the opportunities for mail theft. You should:
  • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after delivery – don’t leave mail unattended in yourPhotograph of overstuffed mailbox mailbox overnight,
  • If you’re planning a holiday, have someone retrieve your mail on a daily basis OR for a small fee, Canada Post will hold your mail at the delivery office and deliver it upon your return,
  • If you receive mail that is not yours, do not leave it in an unprotected area. Write Delivered to wrong address or not at this address on the front of the envelope. Deposit the letter into an outgoing mail slot of a Canada Post mailbox at your earliest convenience,
  • Check the physical security of your mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage,
  • The RCMP works closely with Canada Post postal inspectors to combat mail and identity theft. Report any suspicious activity to police, and
  • If you see a damaged or overturned mailbox, contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177. 

Superintendent Derek COOKE, the Officer in Charge Langley Detachment advises, We recognize mail theft as being a significant problem throughout the Lower Mainland. Langley’s property crime unit is fully engaged in trying to apprehend the offenders. I would strongly encourage Langley residents to ensure they retrieve their mail every afternoon and not allow it to accumulate for a lengthy period of time.
 

Released by

Cpl. Holly Marks

Media Relations Officer
Langley RCMP Detachment - "Connected with our Community"
langley.bc.rcmp.ca
22180 - 48A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 8B7
Office: 604-532-3231
Cell: 778-991-7932
Fax: 604-532-3239

Email: holly.marks@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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