Solebury Township police are urging residents to take precautions after a recent report of a theft from a residential mailbox.
According to the police department, a check issued by the victim was among the items stolen, and there is a risk that it could be altered to steal funds from the victim.
In addition to this specific incident, law enforcement agencies in lower and central Bucks County have recently reported an increase in mail thefts, particularly of outgoing mail with raised flags on mailboxes.
Solebury Township police have also received reports of stolen checks from incoming mail and from U.S. Postal Service curbside drop boxes.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of mail theft is encouraged to contact township police at 215-328-8511 and review their financial statements for any suspicious activity.
Victims should also contact their bank to cancel any checks that may have been stolen.
To help combat the thefts, the police department recommends that residents deposit outgoing mail at indoor post office boxes and retrieve incoming mail from their mailbox as soon as possible after delivery. If residents are away or delayed, they should ask a trusted person or neighbor to retrieve their mail. Additionally, residents should anticipate the delivery of checks or credit cards and contact the sender if the delivery is past due. Any suspicious activity or missing items should be reported to the police immediately.