Millions of packages will be sent out over the holidays and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service wants those shipping an item to take some safety precautions.
The number one rule is do not send cash.
Omaha-based Postal Inspector Dave Margritz suggests using a check or money order instead.
“Technically, they can still attempt to forge that and use it,” Margritz tells Nebraska Radio Network, “but then we have investigative leads that we can track, whereas cash is pretty much gone if it’s stolen.”
He says the free tracking option also provides piece of mind.
“You can track packages in real time. You can set up alerts, say I want to be texted or emailed whenever there’s a changes in delivery status, or you can specify only when it’s delivered,” Margritz explains.
Another option is shipping a package “hold for pickup” at the post office, so the recipient has to go get it.
“You can also require a signature, so they have to sign for it and it won’t just be left on the porch, so you know that someone got it,” Margritz says. “That eliminates any controversy.”
Getting expensive items insured is another way to protect packages.
“It doesn’t cost very much,” Margritz says. “People are used to insuring their house, their car, their life. If you’re getting something for hundreds of dollars or thousands of dollars, spend a little bit extra and have it insured, because that would definitely pay off, if something did happen to it.”