Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office warns of mail thefts

Law enforcers say steps should be taken to secure incoming and outgoing mail.

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Law enforcement officials are asking residents to be extra-cautious sending and receiving mail during the holiday season, following increased reports of stolen mail.

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office Detective Cristal Harris offers some tips to help residents take preventative measures while using mail services:

Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery or get a locked mailbox.

Deposit outgoing mail in a post office collection box, not your own mailbox.

Shred pre-approved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills and other financial information you don't want before recycling them.

Never put your credit card or any other financial account number on a postcard or on the outside of an envelope.

Be conscious of the normal receipt of routine statements and bills. Contact the sender as soon as possible if they are not received in the mail.

If you applied for a new credit card (or checks) and it has not arrived in a timely manner, call the bank or credit card company involved. The best option is to have them sent to a more secure mailbox or a post office box.

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