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A Growing Problem In Montclair
note: We have received a number of inquiries from people across
the country asking for help with mail theft problems. The MSIC is focused
on mail theft in our greater Montclair area in Oakland, California, only. We regret we are unable
to help those outside our area directly. The information we have
gathered here, however, may be useful to those outside our area.)
theft is a serious and growing problem throughout the Bay Area,
and is expected to get worse. Many residents donít report mail theft to the
USPS for such reasons as:
- they donít
- they got
no feedback/outcome from earlier reports
- they are
not sure whatís missing if anything
- they are
not sure what all is involved; they are not sure itís worth the
is often a thiefís first step into an even worse crime, identity
theft, which is the fastest growing crime in the US today and one that
can take its victims hundreds of hours researching damages, resolving
billing disputes and restoring credit ratings.
The MSIC believes neighborhood awareness and personal precautions
can combine to significantly reduce mail theft in the Montclair area.
Click on any
of the topics to the left to learn more about this important subject.
They can help your make an informed decision about protecting yourself
from mail theft.
The MSIC wants to know about each and every incidence of mail
theft that occurs in our neighborhood. Follow the Reporting
Procedures and then, because follow-through by the USPS and
Oakland Police has been spotty due to limited resources, report
the details on our Report Mail Theft
Form. This will help us ensure that mail theft and identity
theft crimes receive appropriate recognition along with other
crime in Oakland.
The MSIC does
not share any personal information without your permission. We will
use data supplied to help the USPS and the OPD track trends and
patterns of thefts.