Brooklyn Heights Mailboxes Hit With Rash of Thefts

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Letter mailers beware: Thieves have found their way into public mailboxes in Brooklyn Heights.

The Brooklyn Heights Association sent out an alert this morning about the matter:

In recent months, there has been a raft of mail being illegally removed from street corner mailboxes in Brooklyn Heights, which has led to stolen identities and bank and credit card accounts being compromised.

The NYPD has issued an alert to warn Brooklyn Heights residents that if you are mailing checks, money orders, or tax returns, to protect yourself from mailbox fishing and check fraud by taking these precautions:

  • Drop mail containing checks inside the post office
  • When writing checks, use permanent ink that cannot be erased
  • Check your bank account balance frequently to ensure that the proper amount is debited, and
  • Call 911 immediately if you see anyone tampering with a street mailbox.

The NYPD is working with the appropriate U.S.P.S. authorities to apprehend the responsible individuals.

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