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Livermore police on Wednesday alerted residents of recent mail theft in the city and are asking for help in solving the crimes. Officers have responded to several recent reports of suspects breaking into mailboxes, including community mailboxes used by clusters of residents.
Police are asking residents to report anything suspicious occurring near mailboxes by calling police dispatch at (925) 371-4987.
Police are asking residents to report a mailbox that has been broken into and to tell officers of any video cameras in the area that may have captured the break-in. Criminals usually break into mailboxes to gain personal information used to steal someone’s identity.
Police are offering some tips to reduce the risk of mail and identity theft, including sending mail by dropping off letters at the post office rather than placing them in a mailbox in front of the home. Another option is giving the mail to the mail carrier, police said.
People should avoid leaving mail in a mailbox overnight and ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up mail to quickly get checks, credit cards or other negotiable items, according to police.
People should contact an agency immediately if an expected item isn’t received and immediately notify the post office and others of any change of address, police said.
A resident who becomes a victim of identity theft should first report it to the police, then report it to the three major credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax.
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