Holidays are around the corner, and that can means a rise in theft says the RCMP.

 Of particular note right now, is mail theft. Strathcona County has been hit hard this year, with a large number of thefts in a single week this past week.

"With the increase in mail, this is when Canada Post gets swamped this time of year," explained Cpl. Steve Lloyd. "It's just natural that the crime is going to go up as well. So, with the more mail, the more theft."

Lloyd has a few tips to help keep yourself safe from mail theft.

"Just a couple little points that we would recommend is: a) don't send cash or cheques, because that's what the primary goal is. And have your mail checked regularly [and] notify Canada Post if you see any damage to the mailboxes."

Community mailboxes around Drumheller provide would-be thieves with a "one-stop shop" so residents are asked to remain vigilant.

"I haven't checked any of [Canada Post's] stats, but I have never received a complaint of anyone damaging a mailbox at the post office iteself, it's always those rural mailboxes. If anything looks wrong, definitely report it."

The following are tips from the RCMP to prevent mailbox thefts:

  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your 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.
  • Check the physical security of your mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage.
  • If you see a damaged or overturned mailbox, contact Canada Post to report.
  • Do not send cash or cheques in the mail.

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