New Canaan police say that they are seeing an uptick in thefts of mail from residential mailboxes. "Specifically, thieves are stealing checks left in mailboxes and engaging in Check Washing," they explain.
Police say that "Check Washing" is the process of erasing details from checks to allow them to be rewritten, usually for criminal purposes such as fraudulent withdrawal from the victim's bank account.
"Protect yourself and bring your mail directly to the US Post Office for mailing. It may be slightly inconvenient, but the prevention of this criminal act is very easy!" New Canaan police advise.