Mail theft common around Christmas

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Updated: 12/24/2013 4:41 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) - The U.S. Post Office is making a quick reminder tonight: If you failed to receive an package in the mail, do not assume it got lost. Mail theft is big this time of year, and this crime often goes unreported. Many times people are not even aware they are the victim of a crime.

Postal officials confirm what many already know, and that is mail theft increases this time of year. If you are missing packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service, or notice your mail has been tampered with, it is recommended you file a report.

U.S. Postal Inspector Vicki Lenard said the easiest way to file a complaint is online. "If you go to the website, there is a box on the bottom right hand corner, which is a link to the Postal Inspector's website. You can file a mail theft complaint online (through that link)."

You may also file a report with your local law enforcement agency. They work with the Postal Inspectors. Since tampering with the U.S. mail is a Federal crime, penalties can involve stiff fines and time behind bars.

Lenard says Fed Ex and UPS do not receive the same federal protection. They fall under state and local jurisdictions.
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