NAMPA — Nampa police are working to combat a rash of Christmas card and package thefts.
Thieves are targeting boxes and cards that look like they might contain money or gift cards, police say.
The holiday season and the resulting increase in people mailing presents likely sparked the uptick in thefts, police say. The department has received 15 reports of stolen mail over the past week.
In many cases, the outgoing packages were stolen when senders left the items in their mailboxes with the flags up.
Some of the stolen mail was found in a trash can. Owners may not know the gifts or cards they sent never reached their destinations, police said.
The 15 reported thefts happened between Middleton Road and Midland Boulevard and between Roosevelt Avenue and Lonestar Road in Nampa.
The Nampa Police Department is urging people to protect themselves from theft by dropping mail off at a secure drop or post office and calling the intended receiver to make sure cards or gifts reached their final destination.
Residents should also collect mail delivered to their homes as quickly as possible, or have a neighbor or friend pick it up if they plan to be out of town. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should report it immediately.
Anyone with information about the thefts is encouraged to call Nampa police at 465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.