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First Bait Cars, Now Bait Mail

Fraser Valley – Police and ICBC have been using Bait cars for years to catch car thieves.

Now a twist in the theory on how to catch thieves.

Instead of bait cars, try bait mail. Two men were arrested and charged last week after a super mail box in Peachland was targeted. The two were tracked down and apprehended in West Kelowna.

The holiday season is a prime time for mail theft as many people send cheques and cash through the mail, inside Christmas Cards. Police will be the first to suggest that in this day of electronic transfers, that while they are not the greatest way of surprising someone with a present, it would be the safest way to send money.

It’s the age old controversy on how superboxes are targets and security has been brought up (again) as an issue.

RCMP in the Okanagan admitted that they used this procedure, but would not get into specifics on how bait mail works.

Abbotsford Police and Upper Fraser Valley RCMP told FVN that we should address this question with Canada Post.

Phil Legault with Canada Post emailed FVN with a brief statement, “Canada Post takes the security of the mail very seriously. Although we can confirm that we work closely with police to track and apprehend criminals, we do not disclose the techniques used or specifics of any security program.​”

If you see anyone skulting around one of these mailboxes, or seems to be rummaging through the neighbours mail, call Police at once.


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