Protecting Postal Employees

How You Can Help

  1. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail if you’re expecting high-value items.
  2. Don't leave your mail unattended for extended periods. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight.
  3. Have your Post Office hold your mail while you’re away from your home for a period of time. You can do this online at www.usps.com.

Scheme Information

Protecting Your Mail

Letter Carrier Assault

Just as you wouldn’t leave the door to your home unlocked while you’re away, neither should you allow mail or packages to accumulate in your mail receptacle or at your door. Pick them up promptly or arrange for someone else to do it.


Letter Carrier Assault

Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Heat, nor Gloom of Night will keep carriers from their rounds is the unofficial Postal Service creed.


Letter Carrier Assault


The safety and well-being of Postal Service employees is a top priority for us. Letter Carriers make deliveries to over 155 million locations in all kinds of neighborhoods, bringing your mail six – and sometimes seven – day a week. And when one of them is threatened, assaulted or robbed, Postal Inspectors immediately spring into action and pull out all the stops. We investigate all leads until we capture the offender.

Assaulting or robbing a postal employee is a federal offense that can carry with it a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. As citizens, we ask you to also keep an eye out for our employees. They’re in your neighborhood every day, delivering your mail. If you see something suspicious, report it. We’d rather check out something that turns out to be nothing, than investigate a crime that could have been prevented.

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.