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National Public Information Officer

December 14, 2009

Contact: Postal Inspector Peter R. Rendina, 202-268-3700,

Postal Inspectors Investigating Parcel Thefts

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is asking the public to report thefts of parcels sent through the U.S. Mail. The reports may be made online using the mail theft reporting form found on the U.S. Postal Inspection Service website, , or by calling the U.S. Postal Inspection Service toll free number 1-877-876-2455, select option 3.

Packages left by letter carriers have become an easy target for crooks who follow the letter carriers and pick up a package that has been left on the porch. Postal Inspector and national spokesperson, Peter R. Rendina states, “Theft or possession of stolen mail is a federal offense, punishable by up to five years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000. Through crime prevention and investigative efforts Postal Inspectors have ensured public trust in the U.S. Mail for over 200 years”.

U.S. Postal Inspectors suggest the following tips to help keep your packages safe:

  • Ask the Postal Service to hold your package for pickup at the Post Office.
  • Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to retrieve your package after delivery.
  • Use the Postal Service online tracking to track package for delivery date.
  • Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.

In light of recent thefts, Postal Inspectors are asking residents to report suspicious activity or suspicious persons near U.S. Postal Service vehicles or mailboxes by telephoning the Postal Inspection Service 24-hour National Law Enforcement Communication Center at 1-877-876-2455 and selecting option 2. Anyone noticing suspicious activity around Postal Service trucks, mailboxes, including loitering or suspicious persons following mail trucks, should not approach the individual. Instead, note the physical description of the individual(s) and/or vehicle and report it to Postal Inspectors. Postal Inspectors are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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