The Postal Service is seeing a surge in mail thefts and letter carrier robberies.
But the agency’s watchdog office finds the agency and its law enforcement branch, the Postal Inspection Service, aren’t making full use of their resources to address postal crime.
As a result, the USPS Office of Inspector General found recent efforts to crack down on mail theft have led to few arrests.
The USPS OIG, in a recent report, found USPIS staffing issues have led to some challenges in handling an increase in mail theft cases. The IG’s office also found that postal inspectors who solely worked mail theft cases are not required to complete specialized mail theft training.