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March 27th, 2006

Stealing Mail

You know, one of the least secure modes of communication has to be standard US mail. Considering that many Americans have their mailbox standing out near the curb with absolutely no security beyond “Hey! The mailbox door is closed! How will we ever get in?,” it’s a wonder that mail isn’t stolen more frequently.

Packages are another story, of course. If they’re left out in view of passersby, they’re a temptation and will occasionally be stolen depending on the people your neighborhood. But for whatever reason, you don’t often hear about regular old mail being stolen out of someone’s mailbox. They tell you to shred credit card applications you receive before throwing them away, but what about those same credit card applications before they even get in your house? They’re easier to get to and still in tact.

Has anyone here ever had to deal with any stolen non-package mail?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: COD [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 27, 2006 -- 9:36:37 am
Even worse - roommates sharing a mailbox. Michelle had a problem with that way back before we were married.

We suspected a problem in Leesburg but never proved it one way or the other. I know many people have a PO Box for this very reason - don't want their mail sitting around accessible all day while they are at work.



FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 27, 2006 -- 10:09:21 am
You betcha. More than once I have received the USPS baggy containing my half-torn-up mail, found in some park. Mail theft is pretty huge here. I have a PO box now.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday March 27, 2006 -- 10:56:04 am
I can't say for sure, but we've had more than a few letters (and checks and bills) go missing since we moved to our current place. We have no permanent mail carrier - no one wants our route due to the number of students on it, per the post office - and have had absolutely crappy service as a result.

Oddly, not a single package has been taken here. That was a rampant problem at our last place, which was a big apartment building. I'll never forget that some jackload stole one of my wife's birthday presents out of the box, resealed the box, and then left it there.



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 28, 2006 -- 2:46:14 pm
Newspapers. People would steal my Sunday newspaper more than half of the time. It wasn't worth continuing the subscription.



FROM: i
DATE: Tuesday March 28, 2006 -- 3:49:15 pm
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