Police respond to mailbox thefts across Southlake

Posted Monday, Apr. 14, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Southlake Police Community Policing Efforts in March 2014

Neighborhood Patrols 1,627

Community Policing Contacts (Including presentations and meetings with Home Owners Associations (HOAs) 132

Business Security Checks 2,007

House Watch Patrols 77

Source: Southlake Police Department

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Southlake police are increasing neighborhood patrols in response to recent mailbox thefts.

Residents reported six mailbox thefts from March 27 to April 2.

The Police Department announced, via media release, that it patrols neighborhoods and shopping centers on each shift, 24/7, but will increase that neighborhood presence.

Assistant Police Chief James Brandon said the Criminal Investigative Division is working with the US Postal Inspection Service to investigate the crimes.

Brandon said people should think about the things that could be in their mailboxes including paychecks or items that could lead to identity theft like credit card offers or bank statements.

The crimes have been reported throughout the city and while two were on the same street, Brandon said the police do not have any suspect information or factors that would link the incidents.

Brandon urges residents to be vigilant to prevent theft.

“The main thing people can do is make sure they get their mail every day,” he said.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the House Watch list if they will be away from the home for an extended time, like vacation. Police officers check homes on the list at least once per shift.

Victims of mail theft should contact the US Postal Service at 1-877-876-2455. Residents can report stolen identity cases to the Southlake Police.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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