PLACER COUNTY, Calif. — Authorities are asking Placer County residents to be vigilant after nearly 100 mailboxes were burglarized in rural parts of the county on Thursday.

The burglaries happened all across Auburn-Folsom Road at dozens of locations from Newcastle to Granite Bay, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

While no specific items have been reported stolen so far, deputies say because it’s tax season, the thieves may be out to steal W-2 forms and other documents that contain sensitive information.

If your mailbox was hit, or if you have any other information about this investigation, you are asked to call 530-889-7830.

Deputies offer the following tips to residents to protect themselves from this type of crime:

  • Check your mailbox daily and pick up your mail.
  • Place a hold on your mail if you will be away for several days.
  • Track your billing cycles.
  • Monitor your credit card and bank statements regularly.
  • Review your credit reports, and consider freezing your credit files with Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, etc. Freezing your credit file can prevent identity thieves from getting approval and opening new credit cards in your name.

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