Mail theft ring at work, say police
New Zealand Post is advising customers to alter their mailing habits after a string of letter thefts from post boxes in Manawatu and Napier.
New Zealand Post believes an organised group of criminals is targeting street posting boxes in Palmerston North, Feilding and Napier.
Regional operations leader Rob Fryer said an entire post box was stolen recently.
"The thieves have been going to more drastic measures and knocking over the post boxes with vehicles since the end of July," he said. "We are advising customers in the Manawatu and Napier until further notice to please post their mail items in post boxes before the final daily clearance time shown on the post box and - if possible - as an extra safety precaution not to post mail over the weekend."
He said New Zealand Post had responded to the incidents by putting in place a number of safeguards.
Sergeant Jeffrey Veale said police were investigating a series of incidents involving the same suspects where mail had been obtained through the post box slot in Ruahine St, Palmerston North.
He said Palmerston North police were not aware of any other incidents relating to the theft of mail.
Customers with inquiries about missing mail can contact the New Zealand Post contact centre on 0800 501 501.