October 15, 2014 - 1:39 PM
WEST KELOWNA - West Kelowna RCMP say the number of thefts from community mailboxes could be on the rise, if recent a recent trend continues.
Since September, 13 incidents have been reported to police compared to only one for the same period last year. No suspects have been identified for this recent spike.
Mounties investigated complete and attempted thefts from community mailboxes throughout rural, industrial and residential areas. The highest targeted areas appear to be Stevens Road and Westgate Road, but police don't know exactly what may have been stolen.
West Kelowna RCMP are asking the public to help themselves to prevent mailbox theft and offer the following recommendations:
- Be vigilant and report suspicious activities around the community mailboxes
- Pay attention if you do not receive mail that you had expected
- Don’t let mail build up in your mailbox, have a family member or friend bring it in for you
- Place a hold on your mail if you are away for an extended period of time
- Immediately report any signs of tampering or damage to both the police and Canada Post
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