Cracking Down On Mail Theft

Mail theft and mailbox tampering can be a problem at many homes across the country. While Housing Hub takes various measures to try and prevent it from being a problem at our properties, thieves still find ways to commit these crimes.

But the U.S. Postal Service has Postal Inspectors who are dedicated to investigating mail theft and vandalism cases. They arrest thousands of these thieves each year, who may end up being charged with a federal crime, since mailboxes and the contents inside are protected by federal law. Those who are convicted could spend up to three years in jail and be fined up to $250,000.

While Postal Inspectors do everything they can to catch these criminals, there are extra steps you can take to make sure your mail arrives safely:

Promptly pickup mail:

-Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.

Deposit mail close to pickup time:

-Deposit outgoing mail before the last collection time or inside a post office.

Inquire about overdue mail:

-If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you are expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.

Don’t send cash:

-Be careful about what you send in the mail. Don’t risk sending cash.

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.

If you have had your mail stolen or witness someone tampering with your mailbox, call police immediately. You may also report it to the U.S. Postal Service. Click HERE to do so.