Belmont Neighborhood Targeted for Mail Theft

Discarded pieces of mail have been found in the Central neighborhood.

A rash of mail thefts in the Central neighborhood has Belmont police alerting residents throughout the city to be on the lookout for suspicious persons and to lock their mailboxes. 

According to Capt. Patrick Halleran of the Belmont Police Dept., the Belmont branch of the United States Post Office has been receiving calls over the past week about found mail in the area of Terrace Drive, Hillman Avenue and Arbor Avenue. Post Office officials alerted police to the possible thefts. 

Police say it appears that the suspect(s) are walking the areas, taking the mail, keeping what they want and discarding the rest. Mail theft is often the first step in the commission of identity theft.

Belmont Police are asking residents to keep their eyes open for suspicious persons, especially in the Central neighborhood and report them immediately. In addition, police are encouraging residents to take safety measures such as having a mail slot that deposits mail directly inside the home, or install a locking mailbox.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call Belmont Police at 650-595-7400 or the Belmont Police Crime Tip Line at 650-598-3000. 

Pearl January 28, 2014 at 03:56 PM
I am a Belmont resident. This article refers to the "Central neighborhood". Where is the "Central neighborhood"? I have never heard this term before. Though, a moot point, as I got a post office box about 35 years ago, just for this very reason. It's worth the cost, and the peace of mind.
Senta January 28, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Pearl, "Central neighborhood" refers to the area that is around Central Elementary school. The streets listed are east of alameda, west of el camino, and north of ralston.
Joan S. Dentler January 28, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Good question Pearl, and my apologies for not including a geographic explanation of Central neighborhood. It's a large neighborhood bordered by El Camino Real to the east, Alameda de Las Pulgas to the west, Ralston Ave. to the south and the San Mateo border to the north. Basically, it's the area behind the Notre Dame de Namur campus.


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