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Posted on: April 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Watch out for mail thieves!


As the possibility of mailed federal stimulus checks gets closer, please make sure your mail receipt method is safe. If you see mail theft in progress, or something that just doesn’t look right like someone following a mail truck or hanging around a mailbox, please report it.


For in-progress incidents, call 911. If you have information or surveillance images on mail theft occurrences, please call the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111.


Here are tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service about protecting your mail:


  • 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, and you can’t get to it, 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.
  • 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).
  • Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.


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