UNION, NJ – Union police are warning residents about several instances of mail theft in town.

Union police have provided the following recommendations to avoid being a victim of mail theft:

• Deposit outgoing mail into blue collection boxes before the final pick up of the same day of deposit. Check the pickup schedule times posted on the box to ensure your mail will not sit in the box overnight or over the weekend/holiday. If the collection box notes the last collection at 5PM do NOT deposit mail after 5PM.

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• Collect your mail from your mailbox every day as soon as possible after it is delivered. Do not allow mail to accumulate, even in a locked mailbox.

• If you plan on traveling and will not have access to your daily mail delivery please consider placing your mail on hold at your local office via online or in person.

• If you have concerns about security in your neighborhood, place mail in a collection box in another area, in a secure receptacle at your place of business, or at a Post Office.

• If you see any suspicious substance, such as glue or other sticky product on the mailbox, please contact your local Post Office to report it, and notify Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.

• Immediately report any suspicious activity at any mail receptacle to the Union Police at 908-851-5000 or 9-1-1.

• Monitor and review your financial statements regularly (bank/credit card) to ensure that no suspicious or unauthorized activity has occurred. If you mailed a payment to a creditor and it has not been received please review your account to ensure the check was not altered and payable to another party.