Trust in God, but Lock Your Mailbox

How to guard against mail theft

Two ministries in Austin, Texas, are taking steps to better secure their mail after thieves stole checks worth more than $12,000 from their church mailboxes in 2019. Both have installed locked mailboxes and are using more caution with outgoing payments.

Does your ministry still use a traditional mailbox? Look into the benefits of switching to a secure mailbox or a post office box. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offers these additional steps to guard against mail theft:

  • Promptly pick up mail. Try not to leave it in your mailbox for any length of time.
  • Deposit mail close to pick-up time. Deposit outgoing mail into a USPS blue collection box or inside your local post office.
  • Inquire about overdue mail. If you don’t receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.

How well does your ministry secure its money? Take our fraud prevention quiz.