Is Your Church a Mail Theft Victim?
August 23, 2021
Over the last several months we have become increasingly aware of mail theft victimizing churches, religious organizations and non-profits. See a USA Today article HERE as one example. As the pandemic has forced many religious and nonprofit organizations to cease in-person activities, organizations have received more donations by mail and often times the frequency of checking or picking up of the mail has correspondingly declined. This has left organizations vulnerable to mail theft at a time where donations are critical.
To combat any mail theft, we recommend the following practical tips (if you have not already instituted some of these):
- Pick up any mail promptly after delivery and do not leave anything in your mailbox overnight. Have set times where all mail is promptly retrieved after delivery.
- Tell the Post Office and/or mail carrier when your offices will be closed, so that mail will not be delivered during those times or take advantage of any options that allow mail or packages to be held for pickup.
- Utilize an anti-theft mailbox that locks or a post office box.
- Implement online giving options.
- If you are expecting a check or other valuable mail and did not receive it, please contact the issuing party ASAP.
- Immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail of any change in address. Also, check with anyone with whom you do business with if you receive a change of address form from them.
- Place security cameras or motion detecting security lights near your mailbox and front entrances.
As always, we are here to serve so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns on this topic, or simply would like to check in. We’d love to hear from you.