The Village of Old Westbury Police Department actively gathers intelligence information from around the Tri-State area and beyond looking for developing crime trends or crime trends affecting our local area. Recent information has been gathered regarding mail thefts occurring in nearby North Shore Villages. Typically, the thefts occur in overnight hours. Subjects drive down a street and open every mailbox looking to see if any mail has been left unattended overnight. Often mail thefts will later lead to identity theft occurring to the victim. The Old Westbury Police Department urges all residents to take the following precautions to avoid mail theft from occurring:
Never leave mail in the mailbox overnight, if you are away, have mail delivery stopped or have a family member or friend pick up the mail at the end of each day.
Do not place outgoing mail in the mailbox, especially if checks are being mailed. Bring the mail to a United States Postal facility. Checks are often the target of criminals in mail theft, they will then attempt to alter the checks for larger amounts.
We do not recommend placing mail in the blue United States Postal Service boxes, mail theft has often occurred from these boxes. It is best practice to bring any outgoing mail inside of the postal facility to be mailed.
Consider purchasing a locking mailbox for your residence. This will help limit access to your mailbox.
Consider installing a motion activated camera near your mailbox.
Whenever possible, promptly remove mail from the mailbox after it has been delivered.
Please report any suspicious activity, without delay to the Village of Old Westbury Police Department 516-626-0200