LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – Mail theft and fraud has been on the rise in the past couple of days according to the Layton Police Department.
Authorities say mail thieves are looking for bank statements, tax documents, loan papers, or any information they can get their hand on to commit fraud.
Lt. Travis Lyman of the Layton Police Department said on Tuesday they gathered information about mail thefts in Layton and surrounding cities. They found that about 75 people or more had their mailboxes rampaged through.
He said two people reported their mail was stolen.
Below are some tips from the Layton Police Department on how to keep your mail and valuable information safe:
- Remove mail from your box as soon as possible.
- Switch to paperless billing to avoid banking information from being stolen.
- Install a mail chime so you’ll know immediately when your mail is delivered. (they are less than $50 and easy to install.
- Put a hold on your mail when you are out of town.
- Deposit outgoing mail in a slot at the post office or a USPS box rather than your mailbox at home.
- You can subscribe to an identity theft service that offers protection for your important information
- If you feel like you have been a victim of mail theft immediately contact your bank or credit card company.
The United States Postal Service also has a program the help to curb mail theft and fraud called inform delivery. With this free service, the post office sends you a picture of any incoming mail before it gets to your mailbox.
If you see someone steal mail or if you believe your mail was stolen call police immediately. You can also call postal inspectors at 877-876-2455.