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'Thieves' Favourite Things': Alberta RCMP parodies popular Christmas song to warn about mail thefts

Last Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm PST

RCMP in ALberta are parodying a popular Christmas song to warn people about holiday mail thefts. (CREDIT: Screenshot of Alberta RCMP campaign video)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – “Parcels on porches and shipments not hidden. Dark unlit doorsteps and zero cares given.”

The Alberta RCMP is taking a creative approach to warn people about an uptick in mail thefts, parodying the tune My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music. Mounties say cases of mail thefts go up in winter months–a time when more people shop online and Christmas gifts come wrapped in Amazon-branded boxes.

“Big branded boxes and gift cards aplenty. Letters and parcels and presents so many.”

As a part of the mail theft awareness campaign, RCMP will be posting a series of new lyrics to the song made famous by Julie Andrews to social media accounts.

In 2018 the months with the highest mail thefts were December and January, according to the RCMP. Last December saw about 130 mail thefts while January had over 120.

The RCMP says in all of 2018, there were close to 1,000 mail thefts across the province.

Officers are urging Albertans to be extra vigilant during the holiday season and to check their mail more frequently than they might normally.

“Yards with full landscapes with no open sightlines. Boxes that stay on your step are a goldmine.”

“If you are going to shop online, plan to be home when packages are delivered or arrange to pick up items from a secure location. If you are planning to be away, arrange for someone to check your mail or use Canada Post’s Hold Mail service,” reads an email from Alberta RCMP.

“It’s important to track online purchases because scammers often send emails requesting payment for delivery fees or overdue payments. Canada Post will never send an email requesting money for parcels not delivered.”

If you notice any red flags, sketchy emails, or any suspicious activity, the RCMP wants to hear from you.

Read the full parody below:

Parcels on porches and shipments not hidden.
Dark unlit doorsteps and zero cares given.
Expensive packages tied up with strings.
These are a few of thieves’ favourite things.

Big branded boxes and gift cards aplenty.
Letters and parcels and presents so many.
Free and unguarded, yes, all of your blings.
These are a few of thieves’ favorite things.

Postboxes not checked and cash in the mail
Sending financials is an epic fail
Shopping on websites and all that this brings
These are a few of thieves’ favourite things.

Yards with full landscapes with no open sightlines
Boxes that stay on your step are a goldmine
Leaving the lights off? It’s not bright like Spring.
These are a few of thieves’ favourite things.

When it’s sketchy
Please report it
We really will be glad
Just simply remember our favourite things
And mail theft won’t be so bad