LIVERMORE (KRON) — Police in Livermore are alerting residents of recent mail thefts in the city.

Officers have responded to several reports of people breaking into community mailboxes, and they are asking the community for help solving the crimes.

One photograph is from a recent break-in (seen above). Authorities are telling any resident who has had their mail stolen to report it.

They also want to know about any security cameras in the area which may have captured the break-ins.

Police warn that if you get your mail stolen, you’re at risk for identity theft.

They said you can avoid your risk of theft by avoiding leaving anything in your mailbox overnight and taking your mail to the post office if you need to send something.

Here are some tips from Livermore police to prevent mail theft:

▪ Use the letter slots inside the post office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier. Do not put outgoing bill payments in the mailbox in front of your home

▪ Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.

▪ If you are expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

▪ 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.

▪ Don’t send cash in the mail.

▪ Tell the post office when you will be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

▪ Report all suspected mail theft to the police department and the postal inspector.

Police also are urging residents to join a neighborhood watch program.