Neighborhood mailbox problems

There have been several recent incidents of mailbox tampering in Lake Forest. Specifically, I have been told of mail thefts on Rockmont, Sweetbriar and Broadmoor. Apparently, there are people who cruise our streets looking for mailbox flags that are "up". They take mail in hopes of finding checks that they can alter to suit their needs. Bank accounts have been wiped out, in some cases. Identity theft has become a serious problem.

Please do not ever leave checks in your mailbox. Either go to the post office or give your outgoing mail directly to the mail carrier. Unfortunately, any mail we place in our mailboxes is at risk of being stolen. In addition, ask a neighbor to check your mail if you are out of town.

We all need to be alert to any suspicious activity in our neighborhood.