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Rural Manteca mail theft triggers ID theft concern

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POSTED January 30, 2010 3:01 a.m.
Mail stolen from a residential mailbox late Wednesday afternoon in the 13400 block of South Castle Road in rural North Manteca has prompted law enforcement officers with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to issue words of caution to all county residents about identity-theft protection.

The suspect in the mail theft incident is still at large, and authorities are continuing their investigation. Deputies responded to the report of mail being stolen around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Following that incident, the Sheriff’s Office has released the following reminders to county residents on what to do to safeguard themselves from mail and identity theft.

If at all possible, mail your checks, money or items containing personal information from a secured mailbox or at the post office.

When people want to alert the mail carrier that they have mail that needs to be picked up, they raise the flag on the mailbox. But here’s a word of caution: raising the flag alerts not just the mail carrier but potential thieves.

If you have to use an unsecured mailbox to send your letters, make sure any incoming or outgoing mail are not left there for a long period of time.

For additional information on how to prevent identity theft, log on to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s web site at www.sjsheriff.org by clicking on Crime Prevention – Identity Theft.
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