August 21, 2018

Warning issued locally about mail theft uptick during holidays

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin Postmaster Melanie Spradlin are warning local citizens to beware of mail thieves who are targeting residences during the holiday season.

There have already been several reports of stolen mail over the past few weeks including numerous incidents of theft in the Centralhatchee area.

Mail customers are encouraged to be vigilant about checking their mail regularly and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

“The most important thing our customers can do is to be sure to check their mailboxes on a daily basis,” says Spradlin. “Thieves are particularly looking for parcels that are small enough to fit inside the mailbox.”

December is by far the worst month for mail theft, and the reason is obvious. Opportunistic thieves know that people are sending goodies and gifts in the mail.

They target unlocked mailboxes, locking mailboxes and porches alike to grab what they can get, and steal Christmas.

Spradlin says if someone suspects packages or letters might be missing, they should contact the post office for help in tracking them down. If anyone notes any suspicious activity they are urged to contact local police and the post office.

Postal inspectors across the country work hard to protect the mail, but with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service can’t do the job alone.

See the tips below to help lower your risk of mail theft.

Tips to protect your mail from thieves

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  • 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 a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes).

 

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