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Mail and Package Thefts

Beware: Mail and package thefts are occurring in Crown Hill. Pick up your mail frequently, and watch for suspicious activity, especially vehicles tailing delivery trucks. Arrange with a neighbor to pick up packages from your porch if you’re not home during the day.

One person reports: “As I was walking my dog this morning I started noticing paper in the street then I realized it was mail, then i realized that someone had gone through all the mailboxes between 92nd and 87th and had emptied all boxes clearly looking for money. I saw Xmas cards and bills and junk mail all over the place.  Very disturbing to say the least!”

Another person reports: “I had a UPS package stolen from my front porch. I was cooking in the kitchen and heard the UPS truck drive up, and the driver deposit the package on the porch. By the time I washed my hands and got to the door, a skinny guy was jumping into a small white car with the package and roared off.”

UPDATE: 16-Dec 3:20 PM

This is also occurring in Greenwood, Phinney and Ballard.

UPDATE: 18-Dec 06:40 AM

While on my dog walk this morning, I noticed the mail box thievery had occurred along 12th from just north of Holman to 105th, and on 14th as well. Same as earlier reported, Christmas cards were all opened, but packages too. This must happened after 10 PM and before 6 AM. UGH!

Mail and Package Thefts Continue

Quite a few mail and parcel thefts have occurred in Crown Hill, Greenwood, Ballard during the holiday season. The thefts are still ongoing. In a new wrinkle, last week, one of our neighbors reported witnessing his outgoing mail stolen on 12th Ave. Until now the MO usually involved following behind the US Mail, UPS, FedEx trucks and then perpetrating the crime.  Theft of outgoing mail can be a means of identity theft and the effect can be more devastating than theft of goods from incoming mail or delivery services. Remember that theft of US Mail is a federal crime and should be reported to both the US Postal Service and the SPD. Please be on the lookout for unusual activity around mailboxes and porches. Consider getting a locking mailbox, and having packages delivered to work or a neighbor’s house who is home during the day. To add to that advice, it’s probably a good idea not to place outgoing mail in your mailbox (even with locking mailboxes, a thief can access the outgoing mail).