Prevent Mail Theft

mail theft

A lot of things can happen between a sender’s address and your mailbox. Mail theft is a threat to your property and identity—your passport, tax receipt, and cash could become a target for thieves. Be proactive, take necessary precautions to prevent mail theft. Follow these helpful tips to get started today!

Security is part of the package

  • Check your mail regularly.
  • Consider purchasing a locking mailbox. Follow the USPS mailbox guidelines that are listed on their website.
  • Sign up for informed delivery so that you know when sensitive mail will arrive.
  • Cut back landscaping from around your mailbox to ensure proper visibility.
  • Never send cash through the mail.
  • When it’s possible, use a drop box located in the Post Office for outgoing mail, especially when sending checks through the mail.
  • When you write a check, always use a Gel pen, never a ballpoint pen, since the ink from ballpoint pens can be easily washed from the check.

Report any of the following to the police:

  • If you see unusual or suspicious individuals lingering around mailboxes.
  • If you see suspicious vehicles stopped at your mailbox.
  • If someone claiming to be a USPS worker does not have identification.USPS drivers always carry a current USPS identification card and will provide it to you upon request. If you feel uncomfortable engaging a suspicious driver, do not hesitate to contact the police.

Whether it’s an ugly holiday sweater you’ll probably never wear or a precious family heirloom, it can be distressing when packages go missing, especially mail that includes your personal information. Take the necessary precautions to protect your mail from theft.

 


“Mail Theft: USPIS.” United States Postal Inspection Service, www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-theft/.

USPS.com FAQs, faq.usps.com/s/article/Mail-Theft.