Mail & Package Theft
Each year, Americans trust the U.S. Postal Service® with billions of letters and packages, and the vast majority of those arrive safely at their intended destinations. But there are always thieves who will target the mail. Postal Inspectors investigate these crimes and arrest thousands of mail and package thieves each year. Still, there are extra steps you can take to ensure your mail arrives safely at its destination.
Follow and share these tips to help protect yourself and others against mail and package theft.
Promptly pickup mail
Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.
Inquire about overdue mail
If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.
Don't send cash
Be careful about what you send. Don’t risk sending cash in the mail.
Arrange for prompt pickup
If you cannot be home to receive a package, make another arrangement or use the USPS Hold Mail Service.
Use Hold for Pickup
When shipping packages, use the Hold for PickUp option, and the recipients can collect the package at their local Post Office™.
Request signature confirmation
When mailing something important, consider requesting Signature Confirmation™ for the intended recipient.
File a change of address
If you move, make sure you file a change of address with the Postal Service and let your financial institutions know as well.
In fiscal year 2018, Postal Inspectors arrested almost 2,500 suspects for theft of the mail and packages.
Report a Crime
Are you a victim or have you witnessed a mail-related crime? Alert Postal Inspectors to the problem and prevent others from being victimized.Report Now