Bradley County sheriff urging people to watch their mail
Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson is encouraging everyone to be vigilant this holiday season.
This is the time of year, mail thefts are at an all-time high, and they want to make sure you do not become a victim.
Susan Wright, a spokesperson with the United States Postal Service, said more than 900 million pieces of mail will be shipped this holiday season.
To avoid having a missing or stolen item, it's best to follow these tips.
This is the season shipping services will be working double time to get everyone their packages.
Wright said more people are having issues with properly sending mail. She wants everyone to check the address.
“We encourage customers to not guess at an address, so the best advice would be to contact the recipient,” Wright explained.
Adam Lewis with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office said they have received a few complaints about missing packages.
He said to use some simple tips to avoid porch pirates this year.
Lewis suggested having someone you trust check the mail for you while you're away.
“That's good not just to protect the mail itself, but also to keep potential thieves from spotting that you are not home,” Lewis explained.
Lewis and Wright are advocating for customers to use the Informed Delivery Service. This will let you know what to expect in the mail that day.
Wright said when you also go online, leave a note about a special delivery.
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“You can say something like leave the package at the garage door or anywhere that you think might be a better location if the package is going to be there for any amount of time,” Wright said.
People sending packages can request recipients to pick up their mail from the post office or even sign for the mail.
Both USPS and the sheriff’s office can be contacted in the event you are missing your package or if it's stolen.
“If it's not an emergency situation, you can call our non-emergency number and speak to a detective if that is what they would like to do,” Lewis added.