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Postal Service crackdown on theft not delivering

October 6, 2023

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  • The Postal Service’s crackdown on mail theft is not leading to many arrests. Earlier this years, USPS’s law enforcement division, the Postal Inspection Service, sent a surge of postal inspectors to investigate mail theft hotspots Oakland and Chicago. But they only made a total of three arrests between May and June and recovered about 270 pieces of stolen mail. Criminals are targeting the mail to steal checks. The USPS inspector general’s office said the agency still does not have a mail theft strategy in place. USPS officials said they will have one ready by September 2024. The IG’s office finds only 37% of postal inspectors worked on mail theft cases last year.
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