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 November 17th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff asks people to take precautions against thefts of mail from their mailboxes
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is asking county residents to take precautions to avoid having outgoing mail stolen from their mailboxes.

"In recent days, thieves have stolen outgoing mail from five county residents," Sheriff Mascara said. "Criminals use stolen mail to get bank account numbers and other personal information for identity theft and other forms of fraud."

The Sheriff said this is the time of year that grandparents mail checks to grandchildren, and this can give thieves an opportunity to steal bank account numbers from the checks.

Sheriff Mascara recommends that people take their outgoing mail to a post office or place the mail in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox where it can't be stolen.

If that's not possible, the Sheriff asks people not to leave outgoing mail in their home's mailbox overnight. Instead, people should only place outgoing mail in a residential mailbox shortly before the arrival of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier who picks up the mail.

"The easier you make it for criminals to steal your mail, the more likely it is that someone will steal itmail," Sheriff Mascara said.

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