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Weston Police Warn of Mail Thieves

Has the Grinch stolen Christmas? At least one Weston home has fallen victim to the green grouch, or at least someone interested in the spirit of taking.

According to Detective Carl Filsinger, a package was stolen outside the garage door of a Redding Road resident just before Christmas. The Postal Service is also reporting that many residents have called to complain about missing packages in Fairfield County, including in Wilton .

"Other communities often get complaints like this around the holidays," Filsinger said in an email.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has these suggestions to help keep your mail safe:

• Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.

• Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you're expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items. If you won't be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

• Have your local post office hold your mail while you're on vacation or absent from your home for a long period of time.

• If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

• If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.

• Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office or hand it to your letter carrier.

• Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes as well as homes.

• If you observe a mail thief at work, call the local police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

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