LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A neighborhood near Horizon Ridge Parkway and U.S. 95 is dealing with the fallout after their mail was stolen early Sunday morning.

One resident of that neighborhood says he’s always tried to be prepared for something like this.

“I always keep about two to three pieces of junk mail in my box on purpose—leave it at the bottom,” Jeff Monroe told FOX5. “If those three to four pieces of junk mail are ever missing, I know there’s a problem.”

After the theft, Monroe asked up and down his street to see if they’d also been victimized.

“I went to all my neighbors and asked them to check their boxes, and all of their boxes were empty,” he said.

FOX5 reached out to the U.S. Postal Service about mail theft and was pointed toward the Postal Inspection Service and its new initiative called Project Safe Delivery, which is aimed at combatting a recent rise in threats and attacks on letter carriers and in mail theft.

The person who handles this type of crime in this region of the country reports a rise in that type of crime year-over-year, but a more narrow and recent slice of data shows complaints of mail theft are down 34% over the last five months.

Monroe, though, who was expecting IRS and vehicle registration information in the mail Sunday, is still concerned about his personal information being compromised, and is determined to make sure the person who stole his mail is caught before they can do anything harmful with it.

“I was violated in a way of like, my personal information is out there,” he said. “There might be somebody out there trying to impersonate me. Trying to get credit under my name. And that’s not a great feeling to have.”

If you recognize the person in the black Cadillac in the video posted above, contact the Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or file a report online here.

To combat mail theft, USPS has sent out tens of thousands of hardened boxes designed to be more difficult to access across the country since May 2023.


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