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USPS educates mail carriers and residents on mail theft prevention

Posted at 9:24 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 00:21:19-05

Christmas is a week away and the United States Postal Service says it is the busiest week of the year.

With the busy spell comes porch thieves waiting for window of opportunity to grab and go.

USPS hit the streets of Tucson talking to residents and mail carriers - educating them on how they can prevent mail theft. 

"We're reminding people that if you're not home make sure you have a safe place to have your packages," says Postal Inspector, Daniel Grossenbach. 

USPS hopes to prevent the Christmas Grinch from ruining your Christmas Spirit. 

"With the abundance of parcels this time of year - there's a greater opportunity for thieves to come and grab these packages," says Grossenbach.

Romona Delgado, says she looks out for her neighbors because she's always home. "I always hold their packages and let them know that they're here, they come and pick them up." 

To prevent thefts: 

  • arrange with neighbors to pick up packages
  • leave packages in discreet locations
  • stay aware of your surroundings
  • mail them to work 

The Federal law protects stolen mail and it's a felony. Grossenbach says, for every piece mail stolen it's up to 5 years in federal prison. 

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