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/.