MATTAWA, Wash. - Grant County sheriff's deputies have received reports of multiple mail thefts in areas south of Mattawa.
Deputies have released tips on how to protect your mail from thieves:
-Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier
-Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted
friend or neighbor to pick up your mail
-If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately
-If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail
-Don’t send cash in the mail
-Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until yo u return
-Report all suspected mail theft to a U.S. Postal Inspector
-Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes)
-Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes
If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, you are asked to call 911, and then call U.S. Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3). You can also report mail theft online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.