Harbourside Local Area Command
Police Target Mail Thieves In Joint Operation – North Sydney
Police have launched a major operation targeting mail theft and identity fraud in the North Sydney area.
Police from the Harbourside Local Area Command have teamed up with investigators from the Corporate Security Section of Australia Post to conduct Operation Gulliver.
The operation is specifically targeting the theft of cheques and other items of value from private mailboxes.
Inquiries by Police have revealed that stolen cheques are being altered or counterfeited and laundered through false bank accounts opened by so-called “runners” as part of an organised criminal enterprise.
Other documents, such as electricity bills or bank correspondence, are often stolen to facilitate the creation of those fake accounts.
“Given the large number of financial institutions in the North Sydney CBD, the area has a certain attraction to thieves.” Harbourside Local Area Commander, Garry O’Dell, said.
“As you can see from the footage we’ve released today, it takes only a few moments for someone to clear out a row of mailboxes.” Superintendent O’Dell added.
“By working with Australia Post, we aim to get to the root of the problem.”
“We want to urge people to lock and secure their mailboxes…it’s the easiest way to avoid the problems caused by having your mail stolen.”
The footage, captured on two surveillance cameras and released by Police, shows a man stealing mail from letterboxes within a residential apartment block in Pyrmont on 23 November, 2009.
It can be viewed on YouTube via the following link:
Australia Post recommends all letterboxes be fitted with a reliable, secure lock.
“The best mailboxes are those which provide security and privacy for your mail, by keeping the contents out of sight and reach of passers-by.” Australia Post spokesperson, Rachelle McDonald, said.
“Key locks should be considered and it’s important you clear your letterboxes every day.” Ms. McDonald said.
Members of the public seeking further advice about mail security can contact Australia Post on 131318.
Investigations into the theft are continuing and anyone who can identify the suspect is urged to phone Harbourside Local Area Command on (02) 9956 3199.
Anyone with information about the theft of mail is urged to contact their local Police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.