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Mail Theft

US Postal ServiceThieves continue to use different methods to commit theft including mail theft. Confidential personal information can be obtained from postal mail in your mailbox.

  • Consider investing in a US Postal Service-approved locking mailbox to protect your mail from theft.
  • If you are the victim of mail theft you can file a mail theft complaint with the US Postal Inspection Service.

 

Locking MailboxHere's what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:

  • Avoid leaving outgoing mail in your mailbox for pick up. Use the letter slots inside your post office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  • Don't send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your post office when you'll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to a postal inspector.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes).
  • Consult with your local postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
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