Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

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Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara
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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind and inform its citizens of an increase in mail theft within our City as well as in various counties in the state. Offenders are targeting mailboxes to obtain personal information, personal and business checks, and various other details that can be utilized to their advantage. This release is only to make the public aware and to suggest prevention options. A list of suggestions to deter these crimes are as follows:

  • A mailbox that can be secured with a key or other locking device.
  • Deposit outgoing mail directly to the post office attendant or other secured depository.
  • Request to pick up checks at your banking establishment rather than receiving them in the mail.
  • Place a vacation hold on all mail when leaving for an extended period of time from your residence.
  • When your schedule allows, do not leave your mail overnight in your mailbox.

If you are a victim of mail theft and/or concerned about possible identity theft, please see the below suggestions:

  • Visit https://www.identitytheft.gov/ to report and recover from identify theft. This website is managed by the Federal Trade Commission and can provide a recovery plan and answer frequently asked questions. 
  • Contact the major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to freeze your credit to prevent suspects from opening accounts with your personal identifying information.
  • Consider enrollment in identity theft protection services.

 

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mtndriver Nov 01, 2019 04:06 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

People in our neighborhood had a lot of mail stolen last December, gifts etc included, quite a few checks--luckily they did not get cashed. Locked boxes all over our neighborhood now, never put outgoing mail with anything valuable in it in the mailbox for pickup. Sad sign of the times. Our mailboxes are at the end of a private drive 200 yards away, but the mailman drives down to the houses with packages, walks them right up to the door, knocks and leaves. Really great guy, same route for 20 years.

a-1576360995 Nov 01, 2019 02:41 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Is the video some sort of stock footage or can someone name the area this took place? Locally? Just curious. Anyone else got similar local vids to post?

a-1576360995 Oct 31, 2019 10:26 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

We don’t have mail thieves on my street, we have a new mail carrier that cannot seem to deliver the mail to the correct address. The mail is mixed up every day. Some days we get no mail at all, only to find out our neighbors 3 houses away got it. This is a daily occurrence. It cannot be that difficult.

a-1576360995 Nov 01, 2019 02:31 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

A big shout out to "Fernando," our mailman. We can always tell when he's on vacation or absent from our route for whatever reason. We LOVE our mailman. We tip him every Christmas and he's THE BEST. So sorry you've got a half-assed mail carrier. It can mess with your life, that's for sure.

shopgrrll Nov 01, 2019 09:44 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Same. Not to mention receiving mail from past tenants and not forwarding mail from previous addresses. Horrible service.

Flicka Oct 31, 2019 03:36 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

All our packages get to our porch. One USPS driver came back to make sure we got it as he'd seen a bike rider slowly cruising our street and thought he might be looking to steal. Guess service depends on the driver not any policy.

monkeyboy Oct 31, 2019 01:18 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

My Nextdoor site has nearly daily reports of car thefts. Many of these are brazenly on camera, yet it seems few get reported to the PD because the PD refuses to do anything other than collect a web report which seems to go straight in the trash. 100% of these thefts are crimes of opportunity, unlocked cars, valuable left in plain site, nice bikes sitting unguarded. You are the only one who can prevent these thefts while our police are making funny videos and reporting ever lower crime stats to the city council.

a-1576360995 Oct 31, 2019 02:14 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

"Unlocked cars", "valuables left in plain sight"... maybe your neighbours need to get smart. The police can't fix, y'know... living like it's still 1950. And no phony baloney politician can either.

Factotum Oct 31, 2019 12:59 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Thanks for the MO , Roger- what sort of things to look for - see something say something. Call the police to report suspicious behavior in your neighborhood. Go out and take pictures of your neighbor's flowers or Halloween decorations, just to record the street scene.. And make a public statement you are recording the street scene.

Lucky 777 Oct 31, 2019 11:30 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

USPS deliveries of packages are usually dumped half-way up my driveway in full view of the street, unlike FexEX and UPS who seem capable of walking all the way to the porch and placing boxes out of sight. That will change, however, as seasonal hires come on for the holidays. Then they will also dump packages where they are "attractive nuisance" bait for passers-by.

a-1576360995 Nov 01, 2019 10:30 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

LUCKY777 No one should have to bribe the mail carrier in order to receive the correct mail. Who gets tipped for not doing their job?

a-1576360995 Nov 01, 2019 02:35 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

LUCKY777. Why not try talking with your USPS mail carrier? I have found that a little friendly conversation plus tipping at Christmas time has got me a lot of thoughtful, considerate service. Not that the service wasn't fine before, but now it is stellar.

oceandrew Oct 31, 2019 02:08 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Maybe your driveway is waaayyy too long. My mailman (USPS) and all the bigs (FedEx, UPS) delivery guys bring boxes to the front door. Only TRAC or DHL are afraid to push the 4'6" gate to my front yard lest there is a killer rabbit or anaconda hiding in the bushes and just drop the package over the gate.

Flicka Oct 31, 2019 11:02 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Creeps will steal anything that's not nailed down. Hope some of these mail thieves will get caught at some point. Being retired, we are usually home and my husband collects the mail as soon as we hear the mailman' vehicle. When our neighbors are out of town they have my little grandkids collect their mail and newspapers.

a-1576360995 Oct 31, 2019 10:57 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

These POS dregs of society losers make me sick. I'd like to smash that girl upside her head. Causing problems, stress for the rest of us, possibly for life in cases of identity theft. Take them out with the trash.

CoastWatch Oct 31, 2019 10:48 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

This kind of crime is an indication of drug abuse, namely Meth-heads. Where does meth come from? Street gangs who are supplied, for the most part, by Mexican made Meth.

PitMix Oct 31, 2019 02:13 PM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Forget who is supplying it. Focus on demand. Americans love their meth. We could stop the drug trade today if we could figure out why so many of our neighbors want to get high.

Roger Oct 31, 2019 10:10 AM
Mail Theft Increase in Santa Barbara

Lower East Side the other day looking up my driveway Hispanic male adult or possibly Middle Eastern Male Adult in his early 20's probably 5'5 or 6 short black hair with a nice looking painted over Stump Jumper grey. it had saddle bags, and a bag on the bars. He was wearing black shorts, a dark shirt at Mail delivery time no doubt package thief casing.

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