Mail theft victims frustrated, looking for extra security

Mail theft reports skyrocket compared to last year

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's a growing epidemic in Kern County as reports of mail theft continue to rise. Many of residents have contacted 17 news expressing their frustration of mail theft.

The Postal Service says they are always looking for better ways to improve security, such as new locks. However, victims of mail theft are frustrated that not enough is being done.

Many residents have installed better lighting and security cameras to prevent thieves from breaking in, however, there are ways to reduce the chance of your mail being stolen.

The post office says residents should pick their mail up every day or require a signature for packages. When you're leaving for vacation, you can request the post office to hold your mail until you get back. The most important way to protect yourself is by being aware.

If you are a victim of mail theft, you are urged to call the Postal Service at 1-877-876-2455.

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