Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind the Santa Barbara Community of the impacts of mail theft and what you can do to protect yourself against it. Thieves look for “crimes of opportunity” to steal your mail. Mail theft can lead to more serious crimes of identity theft and fraud. Identity theft and fraud can be detrimental to your livelihood.

When sending mail, drop letters containing checks or personal information directly in USPS postal boxes, personally hand them to mail carriers, or deliver them by hand to your closest Postal Office.

Criminals look for unlocked or overflowing mailboxes to target. Please remember to clear out your mail as soon as possible. You could also purchase a locking mailbox that can be accessible to postal carriers. If you are out of town, have a family member or friend retrieve your mail. You can also contact the US Postal Service and place a “hold mail request” for your address if you are not able to have someone else retrieve your mail.  https://www.usps.com/manage/hold-mail.htm

Please remain vigilant and call the Santa Barbara Police Department if you observe a suspicious subject or suspicious activity on or around your or your neighbor’s property. (9-1-1 or 805-882-8922)

Officers and Detectives are working diligently on solving these crimes when leads exist. Many times, cases of mail theft lead to more complex cases of fraud and identity theft that take extended periods of time to investigate. 

If you are the victim of mail theft, identity theft, or fraud please file a report with the Santa Barbara Police Department or your local law enforcement agency. https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/police/online/report_crime/default.asp

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gizmo1 Jun 01, 2021 07:32 PM
Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

How ironic, I saw some guy on the Mesa going thru mailbox’s and I called the SBPD and they told me to call the post office and that they couldn’t do anything - I couldn’t believe it

PitMix Jun 02, 2021 07:13 AM
Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

After the fiasco of last year, I changed all my preferences to receiving notices through email instead of paper bills. So I rarely get anything important in the actual mail now. I even got my IRS refund electronically this year for the 1st time.

Ironically, the other day when I mailed my passport application, the clerk highly recommended that I pay 5x more for priority mail with tracking to make sure it got to Texas okay. I guess the workers also lack confidence in the service they provide?

a-1622645112 Jun 02, 2021 07:45 AM
Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

For me it feels more comfortable having mailed statements which can be filed, instead of depending upon potential issues with the internet, cable access, lack of electricity and it seems better to have easily accessible info on hard copy instead of paying for ink and paper to print statements when needed. Also, every bit helps the USPS. As someone who travels often worldwide, countries that have privatized their mail system charge substantively more for services than we pay here. Everyone has their own preferences, levels of comfort.

Rypert Johnson Jun 02, 2021 11:10 AM
Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

Mail thefts? No, you must be kidding! Could it have something to do with the increasing "houseless neighbor" population? Asking for the tax paying, hard working, law abiding community.

Lucky 777 Jun 02, 2021 11:24 AM
Community Service Announcement: Mail Theft

Yesterday at 3PM I drove by the USPS Main on Anacapa to deposit my outgoing mail into the street boxes and BOTH were filled to overflowing, couldn't use them because the next person could just pocket my mail. They are only emptied after the presumed 5PM rush of people driving by after work. The USPS is a mess.

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