The Alberta RCMP have said that following the events of the past two years and the past months of leaving loved ones apart, Albertans look forward to unwrapping memories together this holiday season. To prevent these sweet moments from being stolen, the Alberta RCMP is providing tips to help Albertans practice good mail security.
“Although it’s giving season, con artists are selfish and we know there is nothing more heartbreaking than having your greeting cards and packages stolen in the mail. By following some of our general rules, we can all work to ward off the cranky, ”the Alberta RCMP said in a press release.
Some of the mail safety rules while on vacation include:
• If you’re not home during the holiday season to pick up your packages, arrange for mail to be delivered to an alternate pickup location or have a friend pick it up.
• Consider installing video cameras to deter thieves from taking what is not theirs.
• If you are shipping an expensive item by mail, make sure there are tracking codes and know when it will arrive so you can be home to accept the delivery.
• If you stock up on Christmas presents through online shopping and won’t be home, have the items delivered to your local post office to keep them safe until you can get them. .
• If you receive any items containing sensitive or financial information, the RCMP encourages you to have them delivered to your nearest post office for detention until it is safe for you to obtain them.
• It is recommended that you never send money by post.
• The RCMP recommends sending your holiday gifts in brown or opaque wrapping instead of holiday-themed gift wrapping to make it less obvious that the contents inside may be valuable gifts.
• Plan to be home when packages are supposed to arrive.
• Check your mail daily to prevent sweet memories from being stolen.
• Track your shipments and opt for signature delivery if possible.