U.S postal advice for stolen mail during the holiday


REDIDNG, Calif. - During the holiday season mail theft and mailbox break-ins spike. If your mail gets stolen, the U.S. Postal Service said to report it to the police as well as the nearest U.S. Postal Office.

According to U.S. Post Master in Redding, the victim should notify the U.S. Postal Inspection Service who will make a notification report to the corporate inspection service and local service.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a federal law enforcement agency that do crime prevention and is the security of Postal Service. The inspectors are federal law enforcement officers that work with U.S. Attorneys, make arrests, and execute federal search warrants.

U.S. Postal Master James Biskner advised reporting any damaged mailboxes immediately. 

"If your box is vandalized, please report it to us. Look out for the skimming devices, people using all kinds of props and outgoing slots of cluster box units. They'll try to fish the mail out. And if something is drilled of bent, let us know."

He said you can also sign up for 'informed delivery' which he signed up for himself. It's where you can digitally preview your mail and it allows you to view the exterior, address, letter-size of the mail pieces, and manage your packages.

"It's really kind of a neat service. I can look and know what's coming," said Biskner.

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