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Postal thefts jump. Employees are both victims and criminals.

May 19, 2023

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The latest Postal Service stats show huge increases in postal thefts. There were 305 thefts from letter carriers in the first six months of fiscal 2023. At that rate, there would be 610 thefts for the whole year and that would be a 48 percent increase over last year’s total of 412.

At the same time, there were 25,000 “high volume” mail thefts from mailboxes and other receptacles in the first half of fiscal 2023. If that rate continues, thefts would total 50,000 this fiscal year, or a 30 percent increase over the 38,500 in all of 2022.
“As crime rises, so do the threats against our public servants,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement releasing the data last week. “The men and women of the Postal Service are walking our nation’s streets every day to fulfill our mission of delivering mail and packages to the American people. Every Postal employee deserves to work in safety and to be free from targeting by criminals seeking to access the public’s mail.”
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