3 easy ways to protect yourself from mail theft

It's a common crime that concerns residents around the Valley, but what can you really do to protect yourself from mail theft?

It can happen to anyone -- thieves looking for anything they can grab, from cash and checks to information that allows them to steal your identity. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says they arrest nearly 10,000 suspects a year connected to stolen mail.

So what are some things you can do to keep yourself safe? 

First of all, if you're not going to be able to check the mail for awhile, have the post office hold it until you get back.

If you know you have something important coming, sign up for the U.S.P.S. Informed Delivery Program. It will tell you in the morning exactly what mail is headed your way, and you can make sure nothing is missing that day.

And if you think the problem is already happening in your neighborhood, think about starting a neighborhood watch, so you can all help each other keep an eye out.

If you do become a victim of mail theft, the first thing to do is call police, then we're told you should call the U.S. Postal Inspector so they can file a report and investigate.

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