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Mail Theft in Strata Buildings

Mail Theft in Strata Buildings

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you will be aware that there has been some coverage regarding mail theft from strata buildings, resulting in stolen identities and theft from resident’s bank accounts.

You might also recall that this same issue was widely addressed in the media some 12 months ago.

It is said that strata building are targeted mainly because there is access to multiple letterboxes in the one place and the original letter box locks are flimsy or have not been upgraded from the master key system.

The latest statistics show an increase of mail box theft of 37 percentage in North Sydney and up 45 percent in Hornsby.

Given that this serious issue is still occurring, we are happy to provide the following tips to prevent you from becoming the next victim, with many people not realizing they have been targeted until it is too late.

– secure your mail box with a heavy duty lock and make sure mail is cleared regularly
– shred or destroy your personal and financial papers before you throw them away, or keep them in a secure place if you wish to retain them
– ensure shrubs aren’t doubling as a privacy screen around the letterboxes
– shred or destroy your personal and financial papers before you throw them away, or keep them in a secure place if you wish to retain them
– clear your mail every day
– consider if the letter boxes could be in a more secure location only accessible by the residents
– consider installing CCTV overlooking the mailboxes
– consider a different style of mailbox that cannot be opened by a skeleton key or forced open
– consider a PO Box
– collect credit cards from the bank
– sign up for electronic statements
– the following are common signs of identity theft:

Common signs that your identity has been stolen are:
– calls from creditors, debt collectors, or solicitors
– new credit cards arriving
– unexpected denial of credit
– refusal of services such as mobile phone
– bills arriving for goods you didn’t order
– unfamiliar charges or bank withdrawals

If you witness suspicious activity, you should call the police immediately.

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