How Letterbox Thieves Compromise Your Privacy and Finances

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Earlier this week, popular local show A Current Affair touched on the subject of letterbox theft. Tracy Grimshaw, the programme’s host, showcased interviews of a number of people who shed light on the issue. She even featured Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase, who gave his rationale as to why he believes security surveillance cameras are essential in combating letterbox theft. The program showed CCTV camera footage of “letterbox raiders” going through the mail at several Australian homes. Most of the recordings showed the perpetrators in hooded tops, which concealed their facial features. However, in some of the shots, the hoods fell down, revealing the thieves’ appearance. “They come in the middle of the night when everybody’s asleep and just help themselves,” said a housing complex manager interviewed by the show’s reporter Laura Francis. “It’s not just mail they take, it’s people’s identity,” he added. He also said that thieves have been repeatedly targeting a number of houses on his street. The reporter stated that the “bandits” wait until dark to steal residents mail then “help themselves to your money the very next day.” When asked how thieves managed to get their hands on the mail, the manager said that they “put their hand in and take the mail out.” With that being said, it appears that the robbers can get what they want without much difficulty – a fact that should be troubling for all homeowners with highly accessible and frequently unlocked letterboxes. A victim of letterbox theft, Lisette Francois, was also interviewed for the story. According to the report, the Melbourne resident had been waiting for her new...