Langley holds title of Canada’s mail theft capital

Community is a longstanding hotspot with multiple thefts committed on any given night

A stolen Canada Post uniform was among thousands of stolen items found by police during an investigation into a series of fraud-related crimes

Langley continues to have the dubious distinction of being the mail theft capital of Canada.

Recently, Canada Post revealed that Metro Vancouver has the highest occurrence of mail theft, with Langley being the current and longstanding hotspot.

Figures for 2013 from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) show that the number of reported identity fraud victims was up by nearly 14 per cent over the previous year.

The trend has continued this year, suggesting people need to be more vigilant when it comes to protecting their confidential information.

According to the Langley RCMP crime analyst, in the week of Sept. 1 through 7, there were reports of five mail thefts, in Walnut Grove, north Langley, Willowbrook, Murrayville and 8 Avenue.

“That isn’t remarkably high compared to the days when there were up to 20 mail thefts in just one night,” said Cpl. Holly Marks. “Slowly Canada Post is replacing the community boxes in Langley and people are getting smarter about picking up their mail every day.”

A Langley man and woman in their 30s were recently charged with identity theft after police dismantled a major fraud operation based out of a rental house in north Langley.

In that case, a stolen Canada Post uniform was found along with 13,000 identities, identity making equipment and other fraud items.

The man arrested was already out on bail for doing the same thing in Burnaby.

Though efforts to increase the public’s awareness continue with full force, the number of Canadians falling prey to identity fraud is on the rise nearly 14 per cent over the previous year.

CAFC also estimates their statistics account for less than five per cent of actual fraudulent activity.

That upward trend has continued into 2014, with CAFC’s mid-year numbers suggesting that just as many people, if not more, will be defrauded this year. “Though the dollar value of losses is decreasing, what we really want to see is fewer people victimized,” said Lindzee Herring, assistant vice-president of corporate security at Envision Financial. “Dealing with the aftermath of identity fraud is unpleasant and stressful, so we really encourage our members to take every possible step to safeguard their identity.”

Personal documents are one of the most commonly-exploited means of identity theft.

Just Posted

First-time Langley mayor’s gala raises $856,000

Final numbers are in for last month’s gala – $856,000 raised, $600,000 of which goes to hospital.

Langley ‘Gala’ helps fund ER expansion

Langley Mayor’s Gala raises $600,000 for Langley Memorial Hospital expansion

Young Giants make Worlds

Two forwards from the Langley-based WHL team were picked today to represent Canada.

Where to find Langley election results

Times reports as ballots are tallied Saturday

Langley Rams look for repeat victory Saturday, heading into semifinals

Finishing second in the regular season, Langley hosts its first playoff game in four years.

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Most Read