Have you checked your mail today?

A colleague mentioned that she had to file a police report last night, because her mail was stolen.  I didn’t think much of it, assumed it was an isolated incident.  Then I received an email from our BBB system stating the same thing, a recent increase in stolen mail in their service area.  Another friend mentioned that  she saw a Facebook post about an entire street in California having their mail stolen recently.  This doesn’t really feel like a coincidence to me, so I am taking this opportunity to share a few tips with you.

7 Tips to Protect Your Mail From Thieves

  • Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.

  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery, especially if you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items. If you won’t be home when the items are expected, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

  • Have your local post office hold your mail while you’re on vacation, or absent from your home for a long period of time.

  • 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.

  • Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.

  • 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). If you observe a mail thief at work, call the local police immediately, and then call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

The main reason thieves steal mail is to steal your identity.  Quick reporting of any suspect behavior is important.

These situations warrant you reporting these issues to the US Postal Inspector

  • Mail Theft (mail you failed to receive but should have, or that you received with the contents missing).

  • Vandalism to your mail receptacle.

  •  Tampering (mail that was handled destructively).

  •  False Change of Address

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About Trisha Sefakis

I started at BBB|Cincinnati in 2004 as the Database Coordinator, I am now the Manager of Digital Media.