HCSO Warns Residents of Frequent Mail Thefts

Mail Theft Advisory Hcso

from Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Several mail thefts have occurred recently throughout the county, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. They are advising citizens to be aware of the issue.

Mail thefts typically occur at night, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said. They warn that the thefts especially occur in large subdivisions.

They warned that many items being stolen are left in residential mailboxes overnight.

The sheriff’s office said that mail thefts are not unusual, and they happen more frequently around the holidays. However, the HCSO said many random mail thefts are still happening.

The HCSO gave the following advice on avoiding mail theft.

  • Do not leave items in your mailbox overnight.
  • Pick up your mail as soon as possible.
  • Never send cash through the mail.
  • Have a designated person pick up large packages.
  • Consider installing cameras around your mailbox or porch.
  • Track your packages to know when an item will be delivered.
  • Immediately notify the Post Office if your address changes.
  • Report all suspected mail theft and suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office is letting people know that the U.S. Postal Service offers a free Informed Delivery service. This allows people to receive daily emails previewing what mail they will receive that day, including images. The HCSO said that this service will allow people to know if they are missing mail.

Additionally, the U.S. Postal Service allows residents to schedule packages to ensure someone is available to receive it, the HCSO said.

This service is offered through the U.S. Postal Service.

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