Be careful: Rent thieves are at work in South Kitsap

PORT ORCHARD — Several reports of rental payment drop boxes being tampered with and rental payments being stolen has prompted Port Orchard Police to remind area residents to be extra cautious when they deposit their payments at apartment complex drop boxes and at property management buildings.

If possible, Jana Deck, crime prevention officer for the police department, said those who pay rent in this manner should use another option.

“Drop boxes are possibly being fished with a device,” Deck said.

“So even if the drop box appears to be secure, they could be comprised.”

She advises people to hand deliver all payment checks to apartment complex staff members when possible.

If suspicious activities close to the drop box are observed, call 911. Be prepared to give as much detail about the suspects as possible.

If you witness someone tampering with drop boxes or acting suspicious, provide as much information as possible to police. Those who have been victimized recently are advised by Deck to file an online report using the Kitsap911.org website.

Deck also asks apartment managers and property management staff to file an online report if they believe their drop boxes have been compromised. For those who don’t have that capability, she said to call 911 and ask to speak with an officer.

“The Port Orchard Police Department takes this crime very seriously and will be vigorously investigating all leads,” Deck said.

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