MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are investigating what they call a significant rise in mail thefts. Medford Police have identified approximately 50 victims of mail theft from January 1st to January 17th this year.
Police said mailboxes that are unlocked appear to be the suspects’ main target. Most of the mailboxes hit were in residential neighborhoods, primarily on the east side of Medford.
The suspects are taking checks and credit cards in either the outgoing or incoming mail. In many cases, police said the suspects are using that information forge checks at various businesses in the Medford area. Like many victims of identity theft, victims of these forgeries are not aware of the problem until several days later.
Police recommend not to place money, checks or any other kind of valuables in unlocked mailboxes. If residents need to order checks from their bank, to pick them up at the bank instead of being deliver to their residence.