File # 2013-5003
2013-03-12 11:31 PDT

 Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, B.C. - Ridge Meadows RCMP report they have received a number of reports of mail theft occurring recently. As a result local police have stepped up patrols in and around community mail boxes that have been affected. They continue to work with Canada Post Security & Investigations in an effort to identify persons responsible, and reduce incidents of theft from the mailboxes after delivery.

Corporal Alanna Dunlop said, We are asking for help from our citizens in an effort to reduce the number of thefts from the mail. Our partnership with Canada Post Security and Investigations is aimed at identifying the thief, or thieves, who engage in this type of criminal activity. Citizens can help by reporting any theft, as well as any suspicious persons they observe in their neighbourhoods, and following some tips to prevent mail theft.

Theft of mail can result in identity theft, along with theft of cheques, money, and other articles of value.

Canada Post Security & Investigations has some tips on how to Minimize the opportunities for mail theft by following a few simple steps:


  • Pick up your mail as soon as possible after it has been delivered.
  • If you're planning a holiday, have someone pick up your mail daily or take advantage of Canada Post's Hold Mail service.
  • If you receive mail that's not yours, do one of the following and then mail the item:
  • If the mail has been delivered incorrectly, write "delivered to wrong address" on the envelope.
  • If addressed to someone not living at your address, write "not at this address."
  • If you see suspicious activity around a community mailbox, call the police.
  • If you see that a mailbox has been overturned or vandalized, contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.

Corporal Alanna Dunlop
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows Detachment

Released by

Dan Herbranson

Communications Strategist & Training Coordinator
Ridge Meadows RCMP
11990 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 9B8
Office: (604) 467-7607
Fax: (604) 467-7633


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