Increased Mail Theft in SCV

Increased Mail Theft in SCV

There has been a significant increase in mail theft in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) in recent months.  Thieves are focusing on the U.S. Postal Service’s neighborhood delivery box unit (NDBU), using counterfeit keys.

According to a recent article published in the Signal, the Santa Clarita Post Office is aware of the program and “very involved” in changing out the lock/key mechanism to make the NDBUs more secure.

Why Steal Mail?

Mail thieves are individuals or ever increasingly organized groups who are looking to make easy money on a relatively low risk venture.  They typically look through incoming and outgoing mail for:

  • Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that could potentially identify a specific individual. Any information that can be used to distinguish one person from another and can be used for de-anonymizing anonymous data can be considered PII.
  • Identifying numbers, such as Social Security Number (SSN), bank account number, medical account identification numbers
  • Tax returns or records
  • Passwords: Banking account online access password, computer passwords
  • Names: Mother’s maiden name, all residents
  • Mailing addresses
  • Personal checks you have written to pay bills—they will alter the checks and cash them money, also know as washing checks
  • Credit cards – while they hope to find already activated cards, they are usually successful in using the 800# to activate a new card and use if it for personal gain

The end result of this valuable information is the mail theft victim becoming an identity theft victim with lines of credit established in their name.

How can I better protect my in-coming mail?

  • Install an effective (easy, strong, hard to break into) personal locking mailbox and USE THE LOCK.
  • Watch your mailbox for deliveries (when possible).
  • Pick up your delivered mail as soon as possible from your personal mailbox. Never let it overflow unless you want greedy hands picking your mail off the top.
  • If you are away, give a neighbor your mailbox key, and have them pick up and safely store each day’s mail deliveries.
  • Consider electronic banking and direct deposits to minimize the amount of financial data coming into and going out from your mail box.
  • Get your bank to provide you with copies of your cancelled checks. Make sure none were chemically altered to change the payee and amount.
  • Review your credit card and bank statements closely and promptly.
  • Run a credit check regularly.
  • Stay current with local media for news on mail theft.

How can I protect my out-going mail?

  • ALWAYS put outgoing mail into an official USPS collection box. They are hard to break into, in a more public setting, and postal employees monitor them at pickup times.
  • NEVER put outgoing mail into your own personal mailbox.
  • NEVER put up your red flag on your personal mailbox. It’s a perfect signal to a mail thief that there is outgoing mail present. If you must put outgoing mail in your box, don’t raise the flag; postal personnel will still pick it up, but you won’t be advertising that it is there.
  • Stay current with local media for news on mail theft.
  • Be actively aware of mail theft in your neighborhood; watch for thefts in progress and report them immediately to 911.
  • Shred all mail going into your garbage that contains your name, address, or other vital information.

Why should I use a collection box for outgoing mail instead of using my red flag at home?
The red flag is the perfect signal to a mail thief that there is outgoing mail (and probably checks that can be altered) in the mailbox. If you must put outgoing mail in your box, do not use the flag.

Mail placed in a personal mailbox is unsecured, and cannot be protected other than physically watching the mailbox and catching a thief in the act of robbing your mail.

Postal employees monitor USPS collection boxes for mail theft at pick-up times. These collection boxes are hard for thieves to break into, though certainly not impossible (3 collection boxes were stolen in previous years).

Collection boxes are in a much more public setting, so there is a greater chance someone will see the thief and report the crime.

The most secure location to drop off your mail is inside a Post Office. This is of course only available during open hours.

Don’t Advertise!

Now that the holidays are past us, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure you’re not inviting criminals to take that new PS4, X-Box, or big screen television.  This meme pokes fun at the fact that many people do not take the time to break down their boxes and properly dispose of them.  In effect, advertising the location of some great gifts.

I’m sure you have some personal experiences of driving through your neighborhood and seeing examples of this.  Don’t do as the meme suggests and place your boxes in front of your neighbor’s bin!  Instead, break down your boxes and place them inside your recycling container.  Have a safe and happy New Years from GPS!

 

Halloween Safety Tips 2016

creepy-clownHalloween Safety 2016: There also has been the recent “clown” craze in Southern California where people are dressing up as clowns to scare their friends. The SCV Sheriff’s will not stop anyone from being a clown for Halloween so long as they trick-or-treat just like everyone else. If they are involved in any sort of criminal activity or believed to be disturbing the peace they will be apprehended.

To ensure a safe Halloween, Global Protective Services recommends the following safety rules.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Children should:

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Know their phone number in case an emergency telephone call is necessary.
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.
  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.)
  • Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Parents and adults should:

  • Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
  • Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
  • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.

Halloween Safety: Parents and adults should ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters:

  • Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Watch for children in the street and on medians.
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.

Halloween Safety tips about pumpkins and decorations:

  • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
  • Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin and have parents do the cutting.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards. Do not leave lit pumpkins unattended.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Halloween Safety

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Valencia Public Safety/Crime Report for the Week of August 8- 14, 2016

scvcpulogoSCV Sheriff’s Valencia Public Safety/Crime Report for the Week of August 8- 14, 2016

08/08/16 

Petty Theft: 24500 block of Town Center Drive.  An unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole the gate access remote.

Vehicle Burglary:  23500 block of Magic Mountain Parkway.  An unknown suspect made entry into the victim’s vehicle and stole a leaf blower, sunglasses and U.S. Currency. Continue reading

Quality Assurance

Quality Control in the Security Business

thecubeAt GPS, we take our commitment to providing excellent services to our customers seriously.  Our management team embraces a philosophy that views security as a strategic investment, a partnership with the clients rather than just a necessity. Investing in security is vital to minimize risk and liability, improve customer service and user satisfaction, reduce instances of theft and loss of assets, and prevent accidents at work. Once we have set up a customized security plan for our customers, we maintain quality control by re-evaluating threats and needs of the site.  The Quality Assurance practices used by Global Protective Services are what set us apart from our competitors. Continue reading

Community Crime Report: Saugus July 2016

scvcpulogoThe Crime Prevention Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station distributes critical information concerning crime prevention and crime statistics in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Below is the recent snapshot of activity for the Saugus area of Santa Clarita.  Subscribe to the bulletins, or continue to read them here!

07/25/16

Petty Theft:  27300 block of Bouquet Canyon Road- A male suspect entered the store and selected several bottles of beer from a display. The suspect concealed the bottles in his pants and left the location without paying for the items.

 

07/27/16

Grand Theft: La Madrid/Plum Canyon Road – The victim reported that his flatbed trailer was stolen from the area.  The trailer is black and had a compaction wheel on it.

 

07/28/16

Burglary to Vehicle: 22900 Block of Oak Ridge Drive- An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle and stole a pair of Rayban sunglasses. It is unknown how the suspect made entry to the vehicle.

 

07/31/16

Residential Burglary: 29200 block of Las Brisas Road-  The victim reported that when he returned home he saw that his bicycle was stolen from the garage.  He had an “Open House” held at his residence earlier that day and suspects the bicycle could have been stolen during that time.

 

Burglaries to Vehicles

People breaking into vehicles are becoming an all too common trend lately.  Please stay vigilant.  Do not keep anything of value inside your vehicle.  Make sure you lock all your doors and don’t forget to remove your garage door opener from within your vehicle as well.  Remember, if you see someone or something that does not look right or looks suspicious, it probably is.  Call the Sheriff’s Department (661) 255-1121 or 911, and have a deputy come check it out.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Crime Prevention Unit

Deputy Chris Craft

cwcraft@lasd.org

661-255-1121 EXT. 5161

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Twitter @SCVSheriff    http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff

SCV Station Homepage – http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation

Community Crime Report for the Week of July 18, 2016 Saugus

Community Crime Report for the Week of July 18, 2016 Saugus

scvcpulogoThe Santa Clarita Valley Station of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Crime Prevention unit publishes information regarding crime trends and safety tips.  Below is the most recent report for the Saugus, area.  You can subscribe to the tips below, or continue to read them here.

07/20/16

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: 31400 block of Ridge Route Road -A taxi driver was assaulted after he picked up an intoxicated person. While the taxi driver was driving on the I-5 fwy, the suspect began kicking the taxi driver.  The suspect was arrested at the scene.

07/23/16 

Grand Theft Auto:  31600 block of Bobcat Way- The victim’s 1999 Honda CRV was stolen from the above location. This vehicle is still outstanding.

Grand Theft Auto: 30200 block of Galbreth Court- The victim’s 1996 Honda Civic was stolen from the location and later recovered in Castaic.

Petty Theft: 29600 The Old Road- The victim left her purse on the counter inside of a store.  When she returned a few minutes later, the purse was gone.

 

PREVENTING Burglaries to Vehicles

People breaking into vehicles are becoming an all too common trend lately.  Please stay vigilant.  Do not keep anything of value inside your vehicle.  Make sure you lock all your doors and don’t forget to remove your garage door opener from within your vehicle as well.  Remember, if you see someone or something that does not look right or looks suspicious, it probably is.  Call the Sheriff’s Department (661) 255-1121 or 9-1-1, and have a deputy come check it out.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Crime Prevention Unit

Deputy Chris Craft

cwcraft@lasd.org

661-255-1121 EXT. 5161

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Twitter @SCVSheriff    http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff

SCV Station Homepage – http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation

 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Santa Clarita and the unincorporated communities and a portion of the Angeles National Forest, as well as Bouquet Canyon, Canyon County, Castaic, Gorman, Hasley Canyon, Newhall, Neenach, Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sleepy Valley, Southern Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Point, Tesoro del Valle, Valencia, Val Verde, West Hills and West Ranch

Security Services in Santa Clarita

gpsbadgepatchIf you’ve arrived at our website from a google search for “Security Services in Santa Clarita”, welcome!  IF you already know of Global Protective Services and the excellent security services we provide, thank you… this will be a refresher for you.

What sets Global Protective Services apart from other Security Companies in the Santa Clarita Valley?

The first thing that comes to mind is Experience and Commitment to Excellence.  Global Protective Services has been in business since 2008.  We have a team of managers that are always available to address customer concerns or answer security related questions.  Of course, you can always just call our business line at 661-295-1241.

GPS is divided into three main divisions: Security Services, Training, and Consulting Services.

security patrol serviceSecurity Services

We offer a myriad of security services, typically unarmed uniformed security officers.  We also offer armed uniformed security officers if the needs of our client’s needs require it. Executive protections details and loss prevention details are typically non-uniformed security professionals.  Having a formal event?  Our staff will fit right in wearing our GPS Blazers.

 

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Don’t be fooled by other security companies discussing the required training their guards are being put through.  What they fail to mention is that they are sending their guards out to be training at a BSIS certified training facilityGlobal Protective Services is a BSIS certified training facility, we train our personnel at our training facility.  In addition to the security officer training curriculum, we provide training courses to the public, community groups, and businesses.  Topics range from Active Shooter Response, Crime and Drug Awareness, to First Aid and CPR certification.

 

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Safety & Security Vulnerability Assessments, and Disaster Planning and Response. GPS was formed after identifying an industry need for higher quality security forces and Safety & Security Vulnerability Assessments, specifically for organizations that are of a higher profile. GPS personnel have been performing security services and Safety & Security Vulnerability Assessments throughout the United States since 2003.

 

Do you still have questions?  Are you interested in speaking with our managers to customize a response to your particular security needs? Call our office and speak with one of our Managers: 661-295-1241.

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