Thieves targeting mail in the Upstate

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Keep a close eye on your mailbox. Several people have told us their mail is being stolen on their streets.

Her family is new to the neighborhood, but Ginger Crockett says she’s already checking a full mailbox daily.

“Since we just moved here, we are getting a lot of coupons and junk mail and things like that,” she said.

It’s also how she gets her son’s heart medication prescriptions. “It is a high priority kind of deal,” The mom of four explained. “It’s junk mail most of the time for us except for a few important things that we get.”

Recently some of her postage hasn’t showed up when expected and it’s got her concerned.  Neighbors down her street say they’ve also found their mailboxes rummaged through with items stolen. They reported their loss to the United States Postal Inspection Service.

“Now that this has come to light, we are worried,” she said. “Definitely going to be looking at it more and making sure when someone stops at the mail box that there is something that shows me it is a mail person and not someone who you know is just being a thief.”

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve only had a few recent reports, but mail theft is under reported most of the time because people don’t know when it is missing.

Law enforcement says some victims don’t even realize they’ve had mail stolen until thousands of dollars are removed from their accounts.

That’s why according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, you should avoid putting checks or any financial information in your mailbox. Instead take them to the post office directly.

If you can, you should also pick up your mail every day promptly. Don’t leave it sitting overnight.

Ginger says she plans on getting to know her neighbors better so they can help each other keep an eye out too.

“It is important that neighbors look out for each other and I think that is something in today’s world that we are missing,” she said.

For more tips on how to protect your postage or report a theft, check out the U.S. Postal Inspection Services website here: postalinspectors.uspis.gov

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