Federal, Portland and Vancouver law enforcement are ramping up efforts to combat the theft of mail packages.The goal for postal inspectors and police departments includes prevention and education. Authorities reported having already made multiple arrests during the first three days of the initiative, and said they expect to catch additional would-be thieves moving forward.Postal Inspector Adam Sale said the best method for preventing shipped goods from being snatched is ensuring packages aren’t left outside overnight.Mail thieves tend to operate at night, Sale said, continuing to look for easy targets until about 6 a.m. There is also no difference in socio-economic factors among the affected neighborhoods, he said.“Mail thieves are opportunistic,” Sale said. “They simply look for clustered mailboxes and mail left on porches.”“You don’t just leave valuable items lying around the outside of your home, so don’t do it for parcels,” he said.Police are increasing their presence in hot spots, locations previously hit by mail theft and identified using crime mapping technologies.According to the postal inspector, the volume of mail making its way across the county significantly increases during the holiday season, but that’s not the case for the number of thefts. There’s a slight increase, but it’s a crime that affects people year-round.Last month, Vancouver police reported hearing increasing concerns from Vancouver residents about mail theft and damage to mailboxes, but police said there didn’t seem to be a marked changed in the problems, at least beyond the normal late-year increase.The Postal Inspection Service’s 2016 report says an analysis of mail theft complaints identified a surge in mail theft in the western states last year. Nationwide, postal inspectors initiated 1,348 mail theft cases and made 2,437 arrests, resulting in 2,039 convictions in fiscal year 2016, according to the annual report.
Set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and State Theatre, QT Sydney is intrinsically linked to the world of culture and art. The hotel is further cementing its reputation as a major player in the Sydney art scene through a partnership with Light Show at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).In celebration of the exhibition coming to Australian shores, QT Sydney has created a bespoke “Light it Up” package which offers hotel guests guaranteed access to Light Show at the MCA. Guests will also enjoy an overnight stay in a luxurious QT Deluxe King Room, featuring the hotel’s signature aesthetics with unique design pieces and original art, as well as breakfast at Gowings Bar & Grill.Following a sell-out showing at London’s Hayward Gallery, Light Show has taken up residency in Sydney’s iconic MCA, exploring the phenomenal aspects of light and its versatility as a sculptural medium. With almost 20 installations and sculptures by international artists from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition brings to Sydney some of the most visually stimulating artworks seen in recent years. Through its support of this exhibition and role as the museum’s official partner hotel, QT Sydney continues to establish itself at the forefront of contemporary art and design.Rates until 5 July 2015 start from AU$370 per night.www.designhotels.com/qt-sydney19 May 2015