Early Morning Mail Thief is Sent to Jail
At approximately 5:02, on a rainy morning, a woman is seen approaching the mailboxes of a Dallas, Texas multifamily apartment complex. Monitoring operators watch as she appears to pull something out of her purse to pry open one of the large mailbox panels. After rummaging through the section, she moves over, Monitoring security operators, still watching the action, call the Dallas police.
Apartment mailbox panels are frequently targets of volume mail thefts. Thieves look for personal identifying information to take over a victim’s bank account or fraudulently apply for credit in someone’s name.
After several minutes, the suspect closes the door. Again, she pulls something from her purse and opens another section of the mailboxes. Police arrive. One officer walks up behind the unsuspecting thief who is too preoccupied to notice. Two more officers enter. The criminal and her bag are taken into custody.
Apartment complexes are vulnerable to break-ins, theft and vandalism. Common areas like laundry rooms, lobbies, fitness centers and mailboxes are especially tempting to thieves. Property owners and managers can take steps to improve security. Adequate lighting and properly maintained landscaping can help deter criminal activity.
Live remote video surveillance can increase security around perimeters and common areas. Trained monitoring operators can activate speakers and contact the local police when they see suspicious activity. This proactive, real-time video surveillance can help reduce risk and property damage.