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A SPIKE in mail thefts has been reported to police in Kingston and Bayside areas.

One offender has been charged in relation to the theft of mail. A police spokesperson said “identity theft in Australia costs us around $2 billion a year. It is then a key enabler of serious and organised crime which costs Australians around $15 billion annually.”

“On a personal level, if someone assumes your identity to apply for credit, drain your bank accounts, obtain a criminal record or any other number of things, it is very, very difficult to prove that wasn’t you.

“Please lock your letterbox. Empty your letterbox regularly. Don’t leave personal documents lying around. Be careful online. Don’t share your personal information.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 4 December 2019

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