The U.S. Postal
Service (USPS) is offering easy tips to ensure their customers’ packages end
up under the tree and not in thieves’ hands this holiday season.
Starting this week,
USPS expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week leading up to
Christmas, on the way to delivering more than 900 million packages--a USPS
holiday record--during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New
“This is our season
at the Postal Service, and we take pride in ensuring that our customers’
holiday mailings arrive safely and in time for the holidays,” said Greater
Indiana District Manager Todd Hawkins. “Our best advice is not to leave your
delivered mail or packages unattended, and USPS offers a variety of services
to ensure your mail and packages are delivered without incident.”
Some tips to ensure
your holiday shipments arrive to their destination safe and sound:
* Consider an
alternate shipping address. Customers can arrange to have packages delivered
to neighbors who are home during the day or get packages delivered at work,
* Change the
package’s address--while it’s in transit. Customers who know they won’t be
home when their package is delivered can try USPS Package Intercept.
Customize the delivery. If the package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the
customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery
instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified
location. Visit usps.com, enter the tracking number and select Delivery
* Plan ahead. Ship
using Hold for Pickup. When shipping packages, customers can choose the Hold
for Pickup option and the recipients can collect the packages at their local
* Going out of
town? Hold mail at the local Post Office. Instead of risking leaving a
package unattended for an extended period of time, customers planning on
being away from home for a few days are encouraged to take advantage of the
Request Hold Mail service. Letters and packages will be held securely at the
local Post Office until the customers return.
* Secure the
shipment using USPS Signature Services. Signature Services help ensure the
package ends up in the right hands by requiring a signature at the time of
The Postal Service
recommends customers in the U.S. observe the following mailing and shipping
deadlines to ensure that deliveries are made in time for Christmas:
* Friday, Dec. 14:
USPS Retail Ground.
* Thursday, Dec.
20: First-Class Mail/Packages.
* Thursday, Dec.
20: Priority Mail.
* Saturday, Dec.
22: Priority Mail Express.