USPS Addressing Increase in Mail Theft

Installing more mailboxes and strengthening authentication processes.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said the agency is taking measures to address the rise in crimes committed against mail carriers. Mail theft has been increasing in the last two years. In 2022, 412 USPS mail carriers were robbed while they were working. In 2023, there have been 305 instances of theft documented thus far. Robbers are also targeting USPS mailboxes and other stationary mail receptacles; 38,500 blue collection boxes were broken into in 2022, and more than 25,000 have been broken into in the first half of 2023’s fiscal year.

“We’re doubling down on our efforts to protect our Postal employees and the security of the mail,” said Postal Inspection Service Chief Gary Barksdale. “We are hardening targets – both physical and digital – to make them less desirable to thieves and working with our law enforcement partners to bring perpetrators to justice”

The agency will also be installing 12,000 high-security blue collection boxes and 49,000 new electronic locks on current mailboxes to strengthen security for mail dropoff locations.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chief Postal Inspector Barksdale as he seeks solutions to the rising level of mail theft.
  • For Postmaster General DeJoy to be led by God as he heads the U.S. Postal Service.
  • For the hearts and minds of Americans to be awakened to the need for Christ Jesus as Savior.

Sources: Reuters, USPS


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