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RCMP offers tips to avoid getting ‘grinched’ this holiday season


Mail theft is often a crime of opportunity and happens most in December, say RCMP officials.

With more and more consumers shopping online and having presents delivered, there is an increase in mail delivery making it easier for thieves to snag your presents.

So far this year (January to October), there have been over 580 reports of mail theft in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.

Last year, in all of 2022, there were more than 720 occurrences of mail theft within Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.

If ordering online or sending presents through the mail, make sure to follow these tips:

- When possible, opt for a ‘signature required’ delivery, or provide instructions for the delivery person to leave your items out of sight.

- Tracking shipments helps ensure you know exactly when something lands on your doorstep, so you or a trusted neighbour can grab it before someone else does.

- If possible, arrange for the delivery to be scheduled when you’ll be home.

- Have packages shipped directly to a Canada Post, or other delivery service pick-up location. This is a free service and a great option for large or valuable items.

- Installing a doorbell camera and motion sensor lights can be a great deterrent for opportunistic criminals.

- Never send cash or other forms of payment through the mail.

If you’ll be away for the holidays, use Canada Post’s ‘hold mail’ service to suspend your mail delivery until you return.

If you see suspicious activity around your mailbox, report it immediately to your local police.

Follow #MailSafety all month long for more safety tips and follow our social media accounts on Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta), Twitter (@RCMPAlberta), and YouTube (RCMP-GRC Alberta).

The RCMP encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the police.

Reports tell police where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at, or by using the ‘P3 Tips’ app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.