If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have noticed that it seems like robberies of United States Postal Service mail carriers and mail trucks have been on the rise. And you aren’t wrong. In 2018, there were 80 mail carrier robberies reported. In 2021, that number tripled to more than 260. So, what’s going on with USPS mail trucks, and what is this agency’s plan to combat crime?
Why do people rob mail carriers?
There are several reasons a criminal might be interested in targeting a USPS mail truck or postal carrier for a robbery. They might be hoping to score some cash or a check that is in the mail. But, the crime can also be much more serious than that.