Mail Theft

Mail Theft

  1. Deposit your outgoing mail in those blue collection boxes or at your Post Office.
  2. Don't let your mail in your mailbox overnight.
  3. If you're going on vacation, have your mail held at the Post Office or have it picked up by a friend or neighbor.

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Mail Theft

Prohibited Mail

As more and more people do their shopping online, those packages are being delivered to homes, becoming a prime target for thieves. There are things you can do to avoid being a victim of this type of crime. Anytime you can make your home look like there is someone home, you are lessening the chances of having a theft occur on your property.


Prohibited Mail

Security camera footage catches a crime as it happens. When thieves see a delivery and know a package is sitting there unattended, they make a move. They take the chance of going up there, acting as if they were knocking on the door, soliciting some other thing if the homeowner comes to the door. If no one answers the door, they grab the package. The picture went on a reward poster and Postal Inspectors soon zeroed in on an individual who was part of a mail theft ring.


Prohibited Mail

Next time you buy something online, ask yourself this question. Who will make sure the package is secure if it arrives at your house and no one is home? These tips can help prevent you from becoming a victim.

• Have your packages delivered to a location where they can be received in person, such as a neighbor’s or relative’s house.

• Consider having your packages delivered to your workplace.

• When making a purchase online, if the retailer provides the option, choose a specific delivery time when you will be home.


Every day, the U.S. Postal Service safely and efficiently delivers millions of pieces of mail, mail that includes checks, money orders, credit cards, and other valuable items. Unfortunately, such items are also attractive to thieves. That’s why Postal Inspectors across the country are at work to protect your mail. But with deliveries to more than 150 million addresses, we can’t do the job alone. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from mail thieves.

    • Just as you wouldn’t leave the door to your home unlocked while you’re away, neither should you allow mail to accumulate in your mail receptacle. Remove it promptly.
  • • Deposit your outgoing mail in those blue collection boxes or at your Post Office.
  • • And if you're going on vacation, have your mail held at the Post Office or have it picked up by a friend or neighbor. Remember, you can be a target, but you don't have to be a victim!

If you see someone suspicious near a mailbox or see them steal mail, call police immediately, then report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.

If you believe your mail was stolen, report it immediately by submitting an online complaint at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or calling us at 877-876-2455.

By analyzing information from your complaint, Postal Inspectors may determine if your problem is part of a larger mail theft problem in your neighborhood—and your input may help Inspectors locate and apprehend the thieves.