Mail find prompts alert by police

The mail was found at the corner of Pearson Drive and Sherringham Bend on July 9 by a woman on her morning walk and was immediately reported to police.

Addresses on the items include Steiner Avenue, Sheffield Bend, and Chelsea Circuit in Success and Baler Court in Hammond Park.

‘At this stage it is not known whether the mail items were delivered and then removed by persons unknown or if the items had not as yet been delivered by the mail delivery service,’ said Sergeant Brett Reyne, Cockburn Police Station’s officer in charge.

He said there had been a number of recent instances where identify theft had occurred as a result of mail being intercepted, however there was no particular hot spot in Cockburn for this type of crime.

‘One of the common methods of identity theft is for fraudsters to steal mail from your letter box,’ he said.

‘If you target-harden your delivery point then you will dramatically reduce the opportunity of being a victim.

‘The easiest way to target harden is to install a lock on your letter box. If you are going to be absent for some time you can avoid mail being built up and spilling out – which is also an indication to burglars that nobody is home – by having it collected regularly by a friend or neighbour, or arrange for your mail to be held at your local post office.’

Australia Post’s external affairs advisor Michelle Skehan directed those who believed they were missing mail to the police.

‘Although we recognise that there are isolated instances of mail theft, when considered in the context of the 20 million items that we deliver every day, the vast majority of mail arrives safely and on time,’ she said.

‘Mail that goes missing from a resident’s letterbox after it has been delivered is a criminal matter and customers are referred to the police.’