Mail and Package Theft Prevention for Grad Students, Faculty & Staff
Protecting Outgoing Mail
- Drop of your mail at a physical post office location during business hours. Physically hand the mail to a Postal worker.
- Hand the mail to your postal carrier when they are delivering your mail.
- Mail drop boxes inside the post office.
- Mail drop boxes inside any other public building.
- Mail drop boxes outside the post office.
- Other mail drop boxes
- Don’t leave mail inside your mailbox with the mail flag up.
Protecting Incoming Mail
- Take out a Post Office Box and pick up your mail at the Post Office.
- Take a out a Mailbox at a dedicated Mail service such as the UPS store, Mailboxes Etc., The Maileporium, etc.
- Remove mail from your mailbox as soon as possible after it is delivered.
- Ship the package to a location where you know someone will be available to receive it. For example, ship to your work address, or to a trusted neighbor or a loved one.
- Send any FedEx package directly to a FedEx Office location (FedEx Office is the former Kinko's). If using FedEx Express, you can also have it held for pickup at one of our stations. Customers can look up FedEx Office and FedEx Express station locations on our website at: www.fedex.com under Ship then Find FedEx Locations.
- Choose one of the premium services offered by FedEx Ground. If using FedEx Ground Home Delivery, go online to request evening delivery, date-certain delivery or even make an appointment for a specific delivery time. Check the Service Guide on the FedEx website for more information.
- Consider selecting the "signature required" option. This means FedEx will only leave your package if someone there to sign for it.
After the package is on its way:
- Even after a package is en route, you can redirect it to a nearby FedEx location for pickup. Just go to fedex.com and enter the tracking number or call 1-800-GO-FEDEX to request this option. It's available with Express, Ground and Home Delivery shipments.
- Consider UPS My Choice
- It can help consumers decide when and how their packages are delivered.
- When consumers sign up they will receive an email or text message the day before their packages are delivered.
- If that time doesn't work or they won't be home - they can reschedule the delivery for another day or they can reroute the package to work, or to a relative who is home to receive the delivery.
- Another option is to have the package rerouted to their local The UPS Store. Those centers will hold the package until the consumer can go and pick it up.
- Consumers can always change your delivery address on UPS.com or by calling 1-800-PICK-UPS.
- Consumers can also request signature required service. UPS drivers will not deliver the package until they receive an adult signature