Mail Theft Rises In Calhoun County
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has issued warning alerting area residents of a rise in mail thefts from personal mailboxes at homes in the Calhoun County area.
Authorities offer the following tips in regards to mailing checks via the U.S. Mail.
- Track the check so you know if and when it arrives.
- Never mail a check payable to cash.
- Restrict the check and make it hard to tell that there’s a check in the envelope such as security envelopes.
- Consider alternative forms of payment.
- To prevent anybody from seeing your bank account and routing numbers, pay with your bank’s online bill payment service or send a money order.
- Consider dropping the check off at the Post Office.
Other steps to prevent checks from being stolen and re-written are:
- Consider paying your bills online. In this kind of transaction, there won’t be a check to wash.
- Use of check washing resistance pens. Good example is a gel pen which is highly resistant to solvents. Avoid inks that can easily be erased like blue ball-point pens and permanent markers. A roller-ball is also good to be used.
- Pay attention to bank statements as soon as you receive them. This will enable one to confirm whether his/her account figures have not been altered. Banks usually give a period of thirty days of correction. Thereafter, a bank is not liable for any loss.
- Have knowledge on how to identify a washed check. For instance, if the paper is grayish in color there is nothing to doubt. Check to see if the print is in a variety of texts. If the text differs, then be wary of check washing.
It is also a good idea to place and retrieve mail close to the mail carriers normal arrival.
Any questions concerning this crime spree can be addressed to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office: 269-965-7795