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Mailbox Theft/Security FAQ

Mail theft appears to be on the rise throughout southern California. Incoming and outgoing mail sometimes contain personal information, checks, money orders and possibly cash.  Unfortunately, thieves know this, and are waiting to steal your mail. The United States Postal Inspectors recommend the following tips to lower the chances that you will become a victim of mail theft:

  • Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to a U.S. Postal Inspector.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes).

If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call U.S. Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455. You can also report mail theft on-line at

( For more information, click here to view the City's Mailbox Theft/Security FAQ flyer )