More than 1200 Shawnee County homes will have a special phone message waiting for them.
The Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office issued a "code red" alert to people in the Southeast part of the county, warning them of mailbox theft. In a "code red," the office uses a web- and phone-based system to contact people in a targeted area, giving them a message about a public safety issue.
The Sheriff's Office message told residents there had been a number of reports of thefts from mailboxes in their area. It says the thieves are looking for checks, bank statements and other items that might contain personal information to steal money and/or a person's identity.
The Sheriff's Office recommends utilizing post office mailboxes to thwart the thieves.
The Sheriff's Office says Tuesday's alert went to more than 1,221 households.
Text of Code Red call:
Good Afternoon. This is a courtesy call from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office with important information about mail thefts that occurring in your area.
A group of unknown individuals are removing incoming and outgoing mail from mailboxes in your area looking for checks, credit cards, bank statements, social security numbers, drivers licenses and any other type of information to steal your identity, account information and/or money.
These individuals will then reproduce checks, identification cards, apply for credit cards, open utility accounts all with your good credit, leaving you with the long and tiresome process of fixing your credit history.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to utilize their local post office or drop off boxes for any outgoing mail. The Sheriff’s Office also recommends incoming mail be delivered to a P.O. Box or collected from your mailbox shortly after delivery.
As always, report any suspicious activity in your area and be observant to your neighbor’s property. Anyone with information or to report suspicious activity, please call the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office at 785-368-2200.
Together we can make Shawnee County a safer community to live. Thank you for your time and have a good day.