Postal Inspectors across the country work hard to protect your mail. But with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service can’t do the job alone.
Here’s what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
• Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
• Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
• 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.
• Don’t send cash in the mail.
• Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
• Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
• Consider starting an Alert neighborhood program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes as well as homes. (contact Lisa Ford BAPD 918-451-8213 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting)
• Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
• If you are going to write a check and put it in the mail use a gel ink pen, it is harder to erase.
• Do not lift the flag on your mail box, your postal carrier will most likely have mail to deliver and can get your mail at that time.
• If you see suspicious activity report it immediately to our non-emergency number
If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately 918-259-8400, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3).