Mail security

Review these tips for keeping your mail safe.

Smart ideas for protecting your mail

  • Notify the post office immediately if you change your address.
  • Get a mailbox that you must unlock with a key to remove your mail.
  • Don’t leave your mail in visible, unguarded areas (e.g., apartment lobbies).
  • Reduce your risk of mail fraud by signing up for electronic statements or bills.

An open mailbox with the delivery flag raised.

  • If you’re out of town, put a hold on your mail delivery or have a person you trust pick it up.
  • Don’t put outgoing mail in your residential mailbox. It could be stolen.
  • Put outgoing mail in a secure USPS mail box or hand it directly to a uniformed USPS mail carrier.
  • Use an electronic bill pay service to help keep your information safe.
  • Do not have boxes of checks sent by mail — instead arrange to pick them up from the bank.
  • If a company’s regular bills or statements stop reaching you, contact that company immediately.
  • If you stop receiving mail, call the post office immediately.

Note: If you use the red flags found on some mailboxes to alert your mail carrier of outgoing mail, you are also alerting potential mail thieves your outgoing mail is in the box!

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