A wave of ID thefts from apartment block mailboxes has prompted Hornsby Police to urge body corporates to act swiftly to halt the trend..
“Developers only put cheap four pin locks in these little boxes,” said Paul Cleary from Hornsby Ku ring gai Local Area Command.”These locks are pathetic – they’re built to a cost not a level of security.
“We’ve seen hundreds of thefts in the last few months – particularly in Romsey Street and Macauley Place in Waitara, and in the blocks along the Pacific Highway at Wahroonga and Hornsby.”
Thieves have a master key, say police, having witnessed wholesale break-ins on CC cameras mounted inside foyers or exteriors of buildings.
“They steal anything which has personal identification like credit and debit cards. Utilities bills are also being targeted. The thieves then on-sell this information to organised criminal gangs.”
Over the next few months police officers will be contacting body corporates in these areas, advising they invest in upgraded boxes that are fully enclosed “so the slot is accessible to the mailman but the box is only accessible from the back for the owner. Or put your own slide bolt on – a reputable locksmith company can advise the best type of lock for your letter box.”
Prompt daily removal of mail is another deterrent: “The mailboxes were forced open in the early hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep. If you clear the mail, there’s nothing to steal.”