Mail theft on the rise in Helena

Posted at 9:24 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 11:24:57-04

(HELENA) Helena residents are urged to secure their mail and take precautions to prevent letters and packages from being stolen.

According to the Helena Police Department, there have been 130 reported cases of mail theft this year.

The U.S. Postal Service says there are some easy steps people can take to secure their mail.

  • Check your mail every day to prevent a mailbox from becoming overfull and drawing attention.
  • If you plan to be out of town, have the post office hold mail delivery.
  • Have packages delivered to your work, or another secure location
  • Don’t leave outgoing mail in an unsecured mailbox overnight.

HPD Lieutenant Cory Bailey said, “We get numerous thefts and it’s a crime of opportunity. It’s very difficult, unless we’ve got video of the person stealing it, or we have a suspect that was seen in the area. It’s hard for us to track these.”

If you think you are a victim of mail theft, report your case online to the Postal Service.

You can sign up to receive an email every time mail or packages are delivered to your house through the USPS Informed Delivery program.

The service emails you images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces. Click here to sign up or learn more.

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