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.