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Beware of Mail Theft During Tax Season

Post Date:02/09/2018 2:00 p.m.
Mailbox thefts have been reported at a number of Sausalito addresses over the past week. In some cases, these thefts occurred when locked mailboxes were pried open. The Sausalito Police Department would like to offer the following tips for avoiding mail theft, particularly during tax season:
  • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after it gets delivered, or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick it up for you
  • Alert the U.S. Postal Service when you'll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return
  • If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately
  • Opt for an electronic W-2 if your employer offers it
  • If you change your address, immediately notify the U.S. Postal Service and anyone with whom you do business via the mail
  • Don't send cash in the mail
If you have any information regarding the recent mail theft crimes, or if you suspect you have been the victim of mail theft, please contact the Sausalito Police at (415) 289-4170. 

The Sausalito Police Department would also like to remind residents and local businesses about our Surveillance Camera Registry Program. Also known as Citizen's View, the program is based on a secure database of residences and businesses with security cameras. During investigations, the police department will check the database to see if a participant might have helpful video. If yes, and only with the permission of the participant, the officers will review the videos from these cameras in an attempt to identify suspects or gather evidence.

If you any questions about mail theft, please contact Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at sgregory@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4188.
 
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