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Newport Beach Police Department
Wednesday May 21st, 2014 :: 06:04 p.m. PDT


CRIME ALERT - Mail Theft

Since the first of the year, there have been an increase number of mail thefts reported throughout Newport Beach.  In addition to mail theft, thieves are also removing unattended packages from porches (always make sure that you have someone home to receive your deliveries so that they are not left unattended).

• Always use a blue post office collection box or deposit your mail inside your local post office. 
• Whether you have a home mailbox or use a post office box, you should always collect your mail on the day it is delivered. Never leave it in your mailbox overnight. 
• Mail thieves look for bank statements and credit card bills, which can be used to create counterfeit checks or fake identifications. 
• Thieves also look for personal checks enclosed in utility bills or other payments. Thieves take these stolen checks, remove the ink, and then fill out the blank check in their name and desired amount. 
• Never send cash or coins through the mail. 
• When reordering checks have them sent to your bank. 
• When you travel, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. 
• If you don’t receive a check, bill, or other mail you are expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

More:  Mail Theft Prevention Tips

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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