Mail theft and identity fraud is still a problem. That’s why the Surrey RCMP is reminding people to ensure they’re taking care of their mail, and personal information.
Corporal Bert Paquet says it’s a misconception that there are specific targets in mail theft and identity fraud crimes.
“It is a crime of opportunity. Whoever’s identity or personal information and details is available or found by these criminals, will be used. It is definitely not targeted to a specific gender or segment of our population.”
That’s why it’s important people be careful when handling their personal information.
“Treat your garbage as if it were a gold mine because it is for some criminals,” says Paquet
Paquet says there hasn’t been an increase in mailbox thefts recently in Surrey. However he says it’s a concern that tends to stay in the back of residents’ minds.
“Report that kind of irregularities to your financial institution. And if you are notified that there is fraudulent activity on your accounts, contact the police as soon as possible.”
He says there hasn’t been an increase in mailbox thefts in the Surrey area.
Other cities – like the City of North Vancouver and Burnaby – have recently been victimized by mailbox break-ins in apartment buildings.