The US Postal Service (USPS) and US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) have announced expanded actions to protect postal employees and the security of mail and packages as threats and attacks on letter carriers and mail fraud incidents have escalated.
“As crime rises, so do the threats against our public servants,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy. “The men and women of the USPS 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.”
“We’re doubling down on our efforts to protect our postal employees and the security of the mail. We are hardening targets – both physical and digital – to make them less desirable to thieves and working with our law enforcement partners to bring perpetrators to justice,” said USPIS Chief Gary Barksdale.
According to the USPS, incidents of letter carrier robberies are on the rise across the US. In FY22, 412 USPS letter carriers were robbed on the job. With 305 incidents reported in the first half of FY23, these incidents are increasingly more prevalent.
Additionally, the agency reported an increase in high volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles including blue collection boxes: 38,500 in FY22 and more than 25,000 in the first half of FY23. The USPS says it will continue to work with its unions and management associations on training and employee education for letter carriers and other postal workers.
Recognizing these ongoing safety threats, the USPS and USPIS are expanding their Project Safe Delivery crime prevention initiative to protect postal employees and facilities, prevent mail and package theft and enforce the law against individuals who perpetrate crimes against postal employees or engage in mail and package theft. Expanded Project Safe Delivery actions include:
Throughout the year, the USPIS will continue to partner with federal, state and local authorities to enforce the laws and bring criminals to justice. The USPS and USPIS say they will continue to adapt to evolving security threats and implement expanded measures to safeguard postal employees and preserve the security of the mail that postal service customers expect and deserve.