As we approach the holiday season, the Saskatoon Police Service wishes to remind people of the importance of securing their mailboxes.
Whether you live in an apartment building or a standalone house, if you are ordering packages to your home, make sure to check your mailbox frequently, or arrange to have someone check it for you if you plan to be away for an extended period of time. Alternatively, you can specify to request a signature for drop-off, or designate a local post office for pick-up of the package.
Theft of mail, especially of important documents like a passport, driver’s license or credit card, can lead to more serious crimes such as identity theft and fraudulent activity involving your personal banking information.
“Apartment break-ins where mailboxes are targeted is a trend we have been seeing since late 2017 and it hasn't slowed down,” says Detective Sergeant Mike Horvath of the Break and Enter Unit. “The best thing building managers and homeowners can do is to take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place.”
Landlords and building owners are encouraged to;
- Ensure all mailbox locks are secure and working properly
- Building access is secured
- Contact Canada Post to evaluate the security of the building’s mail bin area
- Contact SPS Crime Free Multi-Housing for more information on building and mailbox security
If anyone observes suspicious activity, they are advised to report it to Police immediately at 306-975-300.