Make EVERY Day Mail Pick-Up Day!

Langley

2020-05-11 11:05 PDT

File # 2020-Mail Theft

Have you collected your mail today? Yesterday? Well, it’s time! The best day to collect your mail – EVERY DAY!

Langley RCMP is warning the public after a spike in reported mail thefts.

So far in 2020, there have been 152 reported thefts. In the same time last year there were a total of 59 cases, according to police. For those of you who love numbers and statistics – That’s a 158% increase year over year. In Langley City alone, the spike in mail theft since last year is 475%!

These thieves aren’t discerning either… They are taking mail from apartment complexes and community mailboxes both in the City and the Township.

Mail thieves tend to search for cheques or credit cards and this behaviour is a precursor to the more serious identity theft.

An increase in mail theft around tax time is not unheard of, but this year with CoVid making many aspects of life very different, the increase is much steeper than in other years. With the extension given for filing income tax, it’s a good possibility this behaviour will continue longer than years prior.

Documents arriving by mail this time of year can include a treasure trove of sensitive information like social insurance numbers, birth dates, driver’s licence numbers, bank account numbers, signatures and PIN codes.

Corporal Holly Largy, media spokesperson for Langley RCMP, [Thieves] can open new bank accounts and transfer funds out of your legitimate accounts, rack up charges on your credit cards or apply for new ones, apply for loans, credit lines or government benefits, and they can even apply for a passport in your name. That can be an enormous nightmare for people.

But, residents should take extra precautions to deter identity theft in the meantime, including checking the mail at least daily, avoiding having packages arrive at your home when you won’t be there to receive them, making sure banks are aware as soon as you’ve had a change of address, shredding old documents instead of just recycling them, contacting senders if an expected piece of mail never arrives, and never letting strangers follow you into your apartment lobby or parkade.

Anyone with information about the mail thefts is asked to contact Langley RCMP.
 

Released by

Cpl. Holly Largy

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

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

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