We recently had some mail theft occur in different areas of our community.
The Safety and Security committee would like to remind everyone that Canterwood is an attractive target for thieves of all kinds, including mail thieves and "porch pirates" who steal packages left on doorsteps. Mail theft is the primary source of information for identity thieves because they can gather your name, address, phone number, social security number, bank account number on outgoing checks, new or replacement credit cards, account numbers at financial institutions, incoming checks, driver's license and more.
We would like to remind everyone to be vigilant and consider these tips for preventing mail and identity theft:
- Purchase an HOA approved locking mailbox. (Call the HOA office for information before ordering.)
- Go paperless and start receiving and paying bills online.
- Take outgoing mail it to a USPS mail collection box or to the post office. Do not leave it in your curbside mailbox for the mail carrier.
- Have the Post Office hold your delivery even if you are going to be gone for one day. This is easily done online at USPS.com.
- Get a post office box or mailbox at the UPS Store.
- Check your credit report at least annually with all three major credit bureaus.
- Know your neighbors and report anyone accessing mailboxes to Security.
If you are the victim of mail theft, notify Pierce County Sheriff's Department (call 911) and the USPS Postal Inspector (877-876-2455 or online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov).
The Safety & Security Committee