(WSPA) – As people send even more packages through the mail this holiday season, law enforcement urge them to be extra careful as criminals look for their opportunities to make a steal.
The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 591 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
Gaffney resident Tashuna Logan said post office officials told her the mail carrier gave the package with her son’s birthday present to someone else.
“She was like she [mail carrier] pulled up in front of my house and a guy walked up to her truck and said is this for 1104 and she said yes and she handed him both my packages,” Logan said.
Logan says it’s unclear what exactly happened on November 9. 7 News has reached out to the USPS for comment.
Police say it’s the time of year when thieves are on the prowl.
“I think most of the crimes of opportunity increase during the holidays,” said Spartanburg Police Lieutenant Doug Harwell. “We all have the mindset a lot of times that it happened to someone else. It didn’t happen to me.”
Lt. Harwell said residents need to also protect themselves from criminals.
The USPS offers the following tips to protect your mail this holiday season:
Checks and money orders are safer than cash, and may be cancelled or reissued in the event of theft.