In a public news release shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Delta Police Department (DPD) warned the community that the office “has been receiving several calls for service regarding mail stolen from mailboxes” and that the issue has been particularly prominent recently for residents on Crawford Avenue. Patrol will be increased in the area.
Through the uptick in mail theft, DPD shared eight tips from the U.S. Postal Service on preventing mail theft. They are as follows:
Promptly pickup your mail — Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.
Deposit your mail close to pick up time — Deposit outgoing mail into USPS Blue Collection Boxes before the last collection or inside your local Post Office.
Inquire about overdue mail — If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.
Don’t send cash — Be careful about what you send. Don’t risk sending cash in the mail.
Arrange for prompt pickup — If you cannot be home to receive a package, make another arrangement or use the USPS Hold Mail Service.
Use hold for pickup — When shipping packages, use the Hold for Pickup option, and the recipients can collect the package at their local Post Office.
Request signature confirmation — When mailing something important, consider requesting Signature Confirmation for the intended recipient.
File a change of address — If you move, make sure you file a change of address with the Postal Service and let your financial institutions know as well.
DPD reminds residents that officers are on patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and “If you witness any criminal or suspicious activity, you are encouraged to contact Delta County Dispatch Center at 970-874-2015 and report said activity. Citizens may also contact Crime Stoppers at 970-874-8810 to report criminal or suspicious activity and remain anonymous.”