Thieves 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Here’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.