In an email newsletter to the community Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Seattle Police South and Southwest Precincts, Mark Solomon wrote about Mail Theft and package delivery security, which take on heightened importance as we head into the holiday season.
I’ve seen recent emails from neighbors relaying that they’ve had mail stolen, including from locking mail boxes. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the thefts people are reporting to each other are not being reported to police. I review incident reports and calls for police service on a daily basis, and I haven’t seen police reports of the crimes neighbors are relaying to each other. Please, if you are the victim of mail theft or tampering/vandalism of your locking mail box, do report that to 911; also report it to the US Postal Inspection Service.
In light of these thefts and mail box tampering, we offer the following information from the United States Postal Inspection Service on what you can do to protect yourself from mail theft:
Don’t send cash in the mail.