The Twin Cities area has experienced a large amount of mail theft. Although it is virtually impossible to control what mail is sent to you, it is strongly suggested that any checks you receive on a regular basis be directly deposited into your bank account. It is also strongly suggested that you not use your mailbox for outgoing mail. People who steal mail will not sort through it, they take it all. Not only is there a possibility that the thieves will attempt to cash your checks, but the checks will not go where you sent them. Many times, you will not be aware that the checks are gone until you receive a late notice.
Property Crime Prevention
Are you open for business? Thieves cruise the streets peering in your garage, your cars/trucks, and your recreational vehicles. They make lists of what to steal and from where. Here are some simple precautions you can take.
Never leave home or go to bed with the doors to your home left unlocked or the garage left open. If possible, park vehicles in a locked garage.
Always lock your vehicle and lock any valuables in the trunk, or take them inside with you. Most commonly stolen items from vehicles: cell telephones, cameras, computers, CDs, sporting goods, cash, checks, and credit cards.
Never leave keys or door opener in a vehicle that is parked outside. Thieves will take these items, return when you are not at home, and use them to enter your residence.
Recreational vehicles should not be used as storage sheds. It is common for residents to return home from camping or fishing and leave valuable items in their RV, which can usually be easily opened.