The United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Postal Inspection Service announced expanded measures to protect postal employees, mail security and attack postal fraud incidents that have intensified with the national rise in crime.
“As crime increases, so do threats against our public servantssaid Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. “The men and women of the Postal Service walk the streets of our nation every day to fulfill our mission of delivering mail and packages to the American people. All Postal employees deserve work securely and be free from attacks by criminals looking to access public mail”.
In a statement, the USPS detailed that incidents of mail carrier robberies are increasing across the country. In fiscal year 2022, 412 USPS mail carriers were robbed on the jobwith 305 incidents reported in the first half of FY 23. While there was an increase in high-volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles, including blue drop boxes, with 38,500 in FY 22 and more than 25,000 in the first half of fiscal year 23.
Actions being taken to provide greater security include:
· The installation of 12,000 Blue High Security Collection Boxes at the national level. These are stronger, making it harder for criminals to access your content, and they are being deployed in high-risk areas.
· Implementation of 49,000 electronic locks to replace outdated arrow locks, which were used by criminals to steal mail from receptacles and commit financial crimes, including altering checks to commit fraud with such documents.
Measures are being taken to deal with change of address (COA) transactions, which are motivated by obtaining identity theft, where the fraudster intercepts mail, credit cards or checks for financial purposes. The Postal Service is strengthening authentication processes, relying on electronic formats and requesting hard copies from people.
Users looking for a COA now they will receive a validation letter at their old address and they will receive an activation letter at their new address. As an added security measure, the Postal Service will no longer accept change-of-address shipments from third parties.
· Also you will face counterfeit postage or the use of false stamps. The institution will fully exercise new powers to take possession and dispose of packages identified as fraudulent. The measures include screening shipments at Postal Service docks and during outreach visits to warehouses. Websites and e-commerce accounts selling counterfeit postage will also be shut down.
Protection measures that users can carry out:
· Don’t let incoming or outgoing mail stay in your mailbox. You can significantly reduce the chance of being a victim by simply picking up your mail from your mailbox every day.
· Deposit outgoing mail in several secure wayseven inside your local post office or at your place of business or handing it over to a mail carrier.
· Register at Informed Delivery and receive daily digest emails that show a preview of your mail and packages scheduled to arrive soon.
Get involved and get involved in your neighborhood through neighborhood watches and local social media groups to disseminate information and share information.
· Keep an eye out for your postman. If you see something that looks suspicious or see someone following your operator, call 911.
· If your mail is stolen, notify it immediately at www.uspis.gov/report or by calling 877-876-2455.
· Report acts of misconduct by Postal Service employees at 1-888-877-7644 or www.uspsoig.gov.
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