An update from Sheriff Joe Hagerty warns of an increase of mail theft in the area as of late.
Residents in St. Michael, for example, have been posting on local bulletin boards, created on social media, complaining of missing items from local boxes.
Here’s the release:
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has received an increased number of calls reporting suspicious vehicles and mail theft. These incidents are under investigation and no suspects have been arrested. If you have any information about these mail thefts please call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-1162.
Here’s what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
•Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
•If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
•If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
•Don’t send cash in the mail.
•Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
•Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
•Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes).
•Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call the Sheriff’s Office -911 immediately.