Problems in Your Neighborhood

There are common problems that arise in neighborhoods across the country. Please review the information provided for each topic to learn what steps you can take to prevent these problems in your own neighborhood

If you should have any questions, do not hesitate to call the Crime Prevention office at 253.798.3141. Please report any "in progress" suspicious activity, as it is occurring, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by dialing 253.287.4455.

  1. Mail Theft
  2. Vehicle Prowl
  3. Burglary Prevention

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing consumer crime scams today, and University Place is no exception. 

Mail theft is another way citizens can become victims of identity theft. It leads to credit card fraud; check forgeries, obtaining services in your name, and a variety of other crimes using your identity.

Install a Lockbox

It is imperative that citizens take action to protect their mail and reduce their exposure to identity theft. There are several ways to do this but the very best and most comprehensive way is to obtain and install a locking mailbox. There are various types of locking mailboxes, ranging in price from the very inexpensive to the very expensive. You can visit your local hardware store to see all the options available or go online and peruse sites such as to see all the types of locking mailboxes available.

Report Suspicious Activity

Please report any "in progress" suspicious activity, as it is occurring, 24 hours a day/7 days a week by dialing 253.287.4455. 

More Information

If you should have any questions about mail theft and how to protect yourself, please call the University Place Police at 253.798.3141.