Securing Your Mail: Effective Theft Prevention Tips

October 23, 2018

In an era where the sanctity of our personal correspondence and parcels is increasingly threatened, understanding how to prevent mail theft has never been more crucial. This essential guide arms you with the knowledge and strategies to fortify your mailbox, safeguarding your sensitive information and valuable items from would-be thieves. From the latest in secure mailbox technology to practical tips for mail management, we explore a comprehensive array of measures designed to protect your peace of mind. Learn how to deter mail theft through enhanced security features, vigilant mail collection practices, and the use of innovative solutions that keep your deliveries safe until you can retrieve them. Whether you’re contending with the risks of urban living or the vulnerabilities of a rural setting, this article offers actionable advice to ensure that your mail remains in the right hands—yours. Join us as we delve into the best practices for preventing mail theft, empowering you to take control of your mail security in these challenging times.

What Is Mail Theft?

Mail theft occurs when someone removes or steals any piece of mail (letters, post cards, bags, boxes, parcels, etc.) that does not belong to them. Most often, mail thieves may be looking for cash, credit cards, or checks in the mail. However, they may also be after items of value including bank statements, social security numbers, and other personal ID information (identity theft).

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Here are some tips on how to prevent mail theft from your home or business:

  • Upgrade to a locking mailbox if you don’t already have one
  • Collect your mail ASAP following the mail delivery
  • Never leave your mail in the mailbox overnight or for extended periods of time
  • Request to Stop Mail Delivery if you will be away for any length of time (use a “Hold Mail” service)
  • Consider installing a security camera (it can be a deterrent as well as a means of gathering evidence)
  • If you are moving, be sure to put in a change of address and advise everyone who sends you mail
  • Never discard important or sensitive mail items in the trash – use a shredder first

How To Keep Your Mail Safe When Sending Mail

Here are some tips on how to prevent mail theft (or at least minimize mail theft) when you are sending mail:

  • Never mail cash or personal cheques – only send money orders by mail
  • Don’t leave sensitive mail documents in your mailbox for pick-up – take it in person to your local post office
  • Try and deposit your mail as close to the mailbox pickup times as possible
  • Use online bill payment options – they can be much quicker and much safer

If you should experience an incident of mail theft you can call 1-800-275-8777 (or 1-800-ASK-USPS) for help. For vandalism, you can file a complaint online with USPS at or vandalism.

For additional information on this topic, visit this USPS blog on How to Prevent Mail Theft.

Contact The MailboxWorks

Do you still have questions about how to prevent mail theft? Would you like help placing an order for a locking mailbox. If so, please call our mailbox experts toll free at 1-866-717-4943 or contact The MailboxWorks through our online contact form.

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