RCMP are warning residents of crooks taking the joy out of Christmas.
 
Police are already investigating a rash of mail thefts throughout Strathcona County over the past week.
 
“During the holiday season, this type of theft sometimes spikes as thieves hope to find Christmas cards with cheques or cash in them," said Constable Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCMP. “We are urging people to check their mail every day to lessen the risk of losing important pieces of mail.”
 
A few tips to keep mail safe include:
- Pick up the mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in the mailbox overnight.
- If residents are planning a holiday, have someone retrieve their mail on a daily basis or for a small fee, Canada Post will hold the mail at the delivery office and deliver it upon their return.
- Check the physical security of the mailbox to ensure there are no gaps or damage.
- If there is a damaged or overturned mailbox, contact Canada Post to report it.
- Do not send cash or cheques in the mail.
 
There's more tips on Canada Post's website.
 
If anyone thinks they may be a victim of mail theft or see any suspicious activity, call the Strathcona County RCMP at 1-780-467-7741, their local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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