Plymouth Sees Rise in Mail Thefts
The Plymouth Police Department is sharing tips to help residents avoid being a victim of mail theft. The city is seeing the highest numbers of mail and package theft in the last five years.
While more residents getting packages shipped to their homes can partially explain the higher numbers, the crimes are also happening as more people work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other area cities have also noticed an uptick in mail theft, Plymouth police said.
|April Through August Yearly Comparison|
|City of Plymouth||Mail Thefts||Package Thefts|
Plymouth Police Tips to Avoid Mail Theft
Plymouth police recommend the following tips to help protect yourself and others against mail and package theft:
- Check your mailbox daily and promptly collect your packages. If needed, ask a trusted neighbor to bring your mail or packages inside.
- When sending a check by mail, drop it in a U.S. Postal Service blue collection box or inside a post office, and always avoid sending cash. Thieves are known to target outgoing mail that appears to contain money.
- While traveling, place a mail hold at your local post office, or ask a trusted neighbor or family member to secure your mail and packages on your behalf.
- Customize your delivery by providing delivery instructions online. Request that delivery carriers leave packages in less conspicuous spots, such as a side door or within a fenced area.
- When mailing something important or of value, use registered mail. Registered mail tracks every movement from the time you drop it off until it’s in the hands of the recipient, and requires signature confirmation upon delivery.
- As always, if you see something, say something. Dial 911 to report any suspicious activity.
For more Plymouth stories, click here.