NAMPA -- Police in Nampa report an increase in the theft of holiday packages and letters.
The department says it's gotten over 15 reports of stolen mail in recent days. Most of the thefts have included packages and letters with cash, gift cards, or checks inside.
Officers say many of the items have been stolen from mailboxes with flags up.
Locations targeted by thieves include Middleton Road, Midland Boulevard, and between Roosevelt Avenue and Lonestar Road in Nampa.
Additionally, police say some of the stolen items have been recovered in the trash, with rightful owners clueless to the theft.
Nampa police tips for preventing mail theft:
- Drop off mail at a secure drop stop. Post office, Mailbox store, USPS mail bin located
- around the city.
- Call or follow up with the intended receiver to make sure they got the Christmas card or
- Collect your mail right away. If you are out of town have someone collected if for you or
- stop your mail from being delivered.
- Report any suspicious activity. If it's not the postman, why is that person messing with
- the mailbox?
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Nampa Police at 465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.