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With the holidays right around the corner, millions of packages will be delivered this month. But with increased deliveries, comes increased risk of mail theft. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office urges the public to protect your packages and mail this holiday season.
“Millions of dollars are lost each year due to porch piracy,” HCSO Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Ginger Campbell said. “The best thing you can do is to prevent it rather than film it.”
Campbell says that while having security cameras at home are helpful, they often give residents a false sense of security as cameras won’t always deter thieves from taking your package or even help you get your stolen items back. Rather, community members should take extra precautions to stop theft before it happens.
But it’s not just packages being stolen this time of year; thieves also commonly target your mailbox. One local resident in the Fickle Hill area reported to the Sheriff’s Office that around this time every year they see mail from across the Greater Humboldt Bay area dumped in their neighborhood.
“I recommend that everyone who is able should buy a mailbox with a locking feature to prevent thieves from easily reaching into your mailbox and taking your mail,” Campbell said.
But even with a locking mailbox or surveillance cameras, community members are encouraged to take the following precautions this holiday season:
To report mail theft, call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or file a report with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at https://www.uspis.gov/report/.