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Hawthorne Police Department, CA
Tuesday May 26th, 2015 :: 06:14 a.m. PDT



Recently, the entire South Bay region has seen mail thefts, including many at "cluster" mailboxes located in apartment buildings. While the US Postal Inspector has jurisdiction over the theft of mail, we want to offer some tips and suggestions to prevent you from becoming a victim.

- Use the letter slots inside the Post Office building to send mail, or hand it to a mail carrier.

-Pick-up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave mail in the mailbox overnight, when thieves are likely to act.

-If you are expecting checks, credit cards or other valuables in the mail, have a trusted friend pick up your mail if you can't pick it up every day.

-If you don't receive a check or other valuable item you're expecting, contact the sender immediately.

-Consider installing a locking mechanism on your mail box.

-If you live in an apartment building, encourage the property manager to install cameras that cover the mail boxes.

-Have the Post Office hold mail while you are away on vacation.

-Start a neighbor watch program to keep an eye on the neighborhood mailbox.

-Call the Hawthorne Police at (310)675-4444 to report suspicious persons or anyone tampering with a mailbox.

-Report mail theft to the Postal Inspector at 877-876-2455 (option 3)

Hawthorne Police Department, CA
12501 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-349-2700

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