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Whitefish Post Office reports mail thefts

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KALISPELL, Mont. - The first day of summer brings sunshine, long days and more time outdoors, but according to the Kalispell Police Department it also brings more crime -- specifically theft.

Investigations Captain Doug Overman said, "We typically see an uptick in theft in the summer."

March through May of this year saw 10 more arrests for theft than the previous three months.

NBC Montana confirmed with the Whitefish Post Office that there has been a recent string of mail thefts in the area. They couldn't confirm how many have taken place recently.

Kalispell resident Frank Grubb said in regards to mail theft, "I didn't know it was an issue."

But it is not a new issue for the area. Last year we reported Kalispell saw a number of mail thefts in the spring and summer. Last year Overman said criminals were looking for checks in the mail.

Overman says the reason crimes like mail theft go up in the summer months is the warm summer nights.

"One of the specific things that's important to mail theft is don't leave your mail out overnight," Overman said. "If you're going to leave on vacation have a neighbor or someone you trust pick it up for you."

He added you should avoid sending valuables like checks or money through the mail. He said try to send valuable items in secured collection boxes at the post office.

You can request the post office to hold your mail if you are on vacation.

If you suspect your mail has been stolen, contact law enforcement immediately.

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