With packages being delivered and left outside during the holiday season, there are precautions you can take to avoid falling victim to mail theft.
The Rome Police Department is offering the following tips to keep your packages safe this season:
- If you do not receive valuable mail you are expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
- If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office as well as anyone you do business with via the mail.
- Do not send cash in the mail, especially in greeting cards as this is a target item for thieves.
- USPS Hold Mail Service: You can notify your Post Office to hold your mail until you return up to 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day.
- Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
- Many online merchants do not provide consumers with an option to pick which delivery service they will use to ship their package, but most will send you shipment notifications with a tracking number. It is important to obtain and use tracking numbers once your package has shipped. This will help to ensure you get your packages as soon as they have been delivered.
There are several services you can utilize through UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service to keep track of your packages if you won't be home when it gets delivered:
- UPS My Choice: This service provides customers a way to manage their deliveries by providing delivery alerts via email or phone; managing deliveries with an online calendar; changing the delivery address, date, time, or choosing a two hour window; or making arrangements to pick up a package at a UPS location.
- FedEx Delivery Manager: This service allows you to customize deliveries to your home; view packages being delivered to or shipped from your home address; notified of key events such as when your package is on the way, request day and time for delivery, redirect packages to another address, hold the packages at a FedEx location you choose, and provide specific instructions as to where to leave your package.
- USPS Informed Delivery: This service gives residential consumers the ability to digitally preview their letter-sized mail pieces and manage their packages scheduled to arrive soon. It also allows you to manage your incoming packages through the USPS dashboard where you can sign up for text or email notifications, schedule delivery alerts, request re delivery, and enter USPS delivery instructions.
•USPS Package Intercept: This allows customers to redirect a domestic shipment that has not been delivered or released for delivery yet. This option comes with a service fee.