Warning issued after mail stolen in Frognal and Fitzjohns

PUBLISHED: 11:04 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 26 October 2016

Police have warned residents to ensure their mail is protected         Picture: PA Images/David Jones

Police have warned residents to ensure their mail is protected Picture: PA Images/David Jones

PA Archive/PA Images

Residents in Frognal and Fitzjohns are being warned to protect their post after fresh reports of mail theft and fraud.

Police said fraudsters have been using the stolen mail to acquire bank cards and take “loads of cash”.

Pc Edward Bromilow, of the Frognal and Fitzjohns neighbourhood policing team, said prevention is “a bit tricky” and expensive – but stressed options are available.

“A secure, lockable postbox behind a locked communal door is a good way to go as it adds two barriers for a thief to have to beat,” Pc Bromilow said, adding that the majority of thefts are from external postboxes.

“Fitting a brush or a flap to your postbox, so it’s much harder for someone to stick their hand in and retrieve any post, is a good idea, as is getting CCTV coverage.”

Pc Bromilow said residents should also challenge people in their buildings they do not recognise, collect post regularly and consider picking up bank cards from a branch instead of having them sent in the post.

But the “gold standard”, he added, was to have post come through a front door rather than to a separate box in a lobby.

The warning comes after two incidents of mail theft were reported in Hampstead in early August.

The thieves tricked their way into a lobby and took post, prompting police to tell residents not to buzz in anyone without first verifying their identity.

Anyone who has experienced mail theft should call police on 101. Residents are also advised to speak to their bank if someone in their street or building has been a victim of mail theft so any unusual banking activity can be monitored.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 14:49

Transport for London is set to review safety issues at an accident blackspot in Falloden Way,

Yesterday, 13:45

Circus-goers on Hampstead Heath got a shock today when walking down from the Heath they were confronted with a water main shooting water high into the air on the corner of Pilgrim’s Lane and Willow Road in Hampstead.

Yesterday, 10:53

Camden’s youngsters were in the spotlight at the Shaw Theatre for an evening celebrating the borough’s talent.

Mon, 15:35

Wage cuts for nurses covering sick leave and other increases in demand at Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital have been postponed after workers threatened to cancel shifts en masse.

Mon, 15:00

Brexit uncertainty is one reason for a slowdown in Camden house prices, said a leading estate agent after new data showed that property values in the borough fell 0.8 per cent in August and 2.1pc in the last 12 months.

Mon, 14:05

Tickets for a public meeting into the future of the Phoenix Cinema have sold out within days of it being announced.

Mon, 13:57

Mitzvah Day volunteers from Hampstead were among those taking part in Sewa Day – a Hindu day of community action – in Kingsbury, Brent this weekend.

Mon, 10:29

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Haringey Police have been engaging with the community to raise awareness of the importance of reporting abuse and discrimination.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now