A Corrales resident witnessed someone opening her mailbox one night earlier in December, in an apparent attempt to steal mail, according to the village mayor’s weekly newsletter.

Mail thieves and porch pirates have become commonplace around the country.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service website offers these tips to prevent mail theft:

  • Promptly pick up incoming mail from your mailbox or front door.
  • Deposit outgoing mail close to carrier pickup time in the blue collection boxes or inside the post office.
  • If mail containing a check, credit card or other valuable item is overdue, contact the sender to inquire about it as soon as possible.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • If you can’t be home to accept delivery of a package, make other arrangements for the package to be picked up promptly or register to have U.S. Postal Service hold your mail for a specified period of time.
  • When you ship a package, use the USPS Hold for PickUp option so recipients can collect it at their local post office.
  • If you’re mailing something important, request a signature confirmation of delivery for the recipient.
  • If you move, file a change of address notification with USPS and your financial institutions.