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.