Alberta RCMP are advising rural residents and those who use community mailboxes to check their mailboxes more often.
 
It's because of a number of complaints to the new Call Back Unit at K Division headquarters in Edmonton.
 
"Some high value items are sent through the mail (at Christmas) and that's when we typically see a spike in that type of crime, but recently, nothing out of the ordinary for this area," reported Corporal Steven Lloyd of the Drumheller detachment, who believes vigilance by mailbox owners is key to combatting criminals.
 
"It would be the same as at Christmas, just to check your mailbox frequently," he told 99.5 Drum-FM. "The mailbox itself, if people try to break into it and do whatever, that's damage that's incurred by the Postal Service."
 
The RCMP news release says criminals who steal mail are usually targeting pre-paid credit cards, gift cards, cheques and documents that will make it easy for them to access your banking and other personal information.
 
It suggests picking up online orders at the store you ordered them from or having parcels sent by registered mail or to a business address where comeone can accept the delivery.
 
"The intent is to steal items out of mailboxes, so if people can check their mail regularly and make sure that they don't have anything that they're leaving in there when it doesn't need to be there; and if they notice damage to call the Post Office or the police," Lloyd recommended.

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