“An Entire Mailbox” of Stolen Mail Found in Surrey

6 April 2015

Residents of Surrey, B.C., are already all too familiar with mail theft. Reports of stolen mail in the city have been rampant, especially after the switch to community mailboxes. Last December, the Grandview Heights neighborhood had two entire community mailboxes stolen off their bases, contents and all, by someone who “must have come in with a winch or something,” as Stephen Gale of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers told CTV News Vancouver.

Now, police have recovered a “significant” amount of stolen mail from a “suspicious vehicle” that was reported by convenience store clerks after being parked outside the store for an excessive amount of time, according to the Surrey Leader. Cpl. Bert Paquet reported that more than 150 pieces of mail were found inside the car, along with more than one cell phone and several credit cards and bank cards.

“The contents of an entire mailbox would probably yield something like that,” Paquet told the Leader.

Officers also found a 25-year-old woman in the car, who has been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, theft of mail, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

The main danger to the victims of stolen mail is identity theft, which can be carried out using personal information found in mailings from medical or financial institutions. Mail theft can also lead to credit card fraud if credit card numbers are present in any of the stolen mail.

According to Surrey resident Victoria Blinkhorn, rampant mail theft is causing many Canadians to lose faith in the mail system.

“I know a lot of people who have given up all hope in Canada Post and have their mail now sent to UPS or a mailbox service,” Blinkhorn told CTV Vancouver.

If you’re concerned about mail theft, a credit monitoring service can help you find peace of mind by alerting you to certain types of activity on your accounts.