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There is currently a plethora of scams out there aimed at getting your money. Criminals will continue coming up with different scams to get your money by either tugging at your heart strings or putting fear in you through a threat, often perceived to come from a government agency such as the IRS or law enforcement. Please note the following information to help you not fall victim to these scammers and share with friends and loved ones to keep them safe as well.

One of the common denominators is that the criminal will ask you to make payment through the following methods: Green Dot Cards, I-tunes Cards, Western Union, Money Gram or other wire transfers. Anyone asking for those forms of payment is scamming you.

Legitimate government or bill collecting agencies will not use the above mentioned tactics to collect from you. Members of law enforcement agencies do not accept payment for outstanding warrants and do not enforce delinquencies for other government agencies, such as the IRS. If you receive one of these calls please do not give out any personal information and do not wire any money.

If you have questions or believe you are a victim of such a scam, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.

Cluster Mailbox Theft/Security FAQ

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

City of Eastvale  

Who is responsible for our mailboxes and cluster mailboxes?

The mailboxes and cluster mailboxes used throughout the city are federal property under the United States Postal Service (USPS). They are controlled by the United States Postal Service, a branch of the federal government.

What should I do if my mailbox is broken into?

If you see a crime in progress or you suspect a mailbox break in is occurring, please call the Eastvale Police Department (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department), 911 emergency line. If the crime has already occurred please call the Eastvale Police Non-Emergency line at (951) 776-1099 AND the Postal Inspectors Office by calling (877) 876-2455 or visiting https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov to alert them of the break-in. It may also be helpful for you to alert your neighbors and your Home Owners Association (where applicable).

Why report mailbox break-ins?

Reporting mailbox break-ins, theft, or vandalism is incredibly important for prevention of future damage. The reporting to the Eastvale Police Department (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department) is critical for crime data, statistics and prevention. Damage to mailboxes or cluster mailboxes may delay mail delivery by the USPS. It may be helpful to have your neighbors and your Home Owners Association report break-ins as well.

Who is responsible for the mailboxes being repaired?

For developments that have a Home Owners Association (HOA) that includes coverage of the cluster mailboxes, the HOA will be the responsible party. For developments that pre-date the City’s incorporation in October 2010 and those that do not have a HOA that is responsible for the cluster mailboxes, the maintenance and repairs fall on the property owner whose mailbox is located on the respective cluster. The repairs must be coordinated and paid for by the responsible HOA or in collaboration with all the homeowners whose mailbox is located on the respective cluster. Per the USPS, contacting the US Postal Service, (800) 275-8777, prior to modifying or installing any mailbox equipment is mandatory.

The US Postal Service neither recommends nor endorses any particular equipment vendor.

How can I help?

The Postal Inspectors Office is asking people not to confront criminals directly as they may be dangerous. Rather, they are asking folks to try and get any form of identification (such as a license plate, vehicle description, photograph, or video footage) and report it to the Eastvale Police Department (951-776-1099) and to the Postal Inspector at (877-876-2455) as soon as possible. If the crime is in progress, call 911.

Citizens are encouraged to talk to neighbors and get involved or start a neighborhood watch program. Think strategically and talk to the neighbors in close proximity to the mailboxes who may be home during the day, willing to assist with video surveillance monitoring, or assist with keeping the area well lighted and clear of brush. If an HOA is applicable, ask them to help with preventative measures around the mailboxes.

March 2016 SGV News

March 2016 SGV NewsSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: March 2016 SGV Newspaper

Don’t Be Shy

By L.E.A.F.F. (Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters)

The phone number for the EASTVALE POLICE DEPARTMENT is (951) 776-1099.

Remember: DON’T BE SHY. Your job is simply to report an incident, and law enforcement will take your call seriously and check out the situation. What you see and report may be invaluable and may save lives.

Suspicious activities can refer to incidents, events, individuals or circumstances that seem unusual or out of place. Some common examples of suspicious activities include:

• A stranger loitering in your Eastvale neighborhood or a vehicle cruising the streets repeatedly.
• Someone peering into cars or house windows.
• A high volume of traffic going to and coming from a home on a daily basis.
• Someone loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas.
• Strange odors coming from a house or building.
• Open or broken doors and windows at a closed business or unoccupied residence.
• Someone tampering with electrical, gas or sewer systems without an identifiable company vehicle or uniform.
• Sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, screaming or fighting.
• Strangers removing license plates or loading valuables into vehicles from a residence, even if the moving truck looks legitimate.

Remember: A quick and accurate description of events, vehicles, and persons can make all the difference in apprehending a potential criminal. Any type of activity or circumstance that seems unusual should be reported.

By reporting these types of suspicious activities, Eastvale citizens can help the police make their community safer and more secure, reduce violence, minimize victimization, reduce crime and violence, and improve the overall quality of life.