Mail theft is on the rise in parts of Santa Cruz County, prompting authorities to warn residents about the threat of identity theft.
The theft of mail is up in some south county and San Lorenzo Valley areas, said Det. Kim Allyn, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Identity theft commonly involves the theft of checks, credit or debit cards or the personal identification to obtain them. Common ways to gain such items or information are mail theft and theft of wallets or purses in auto break-ins.