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Inspection Service offers holiday tips

A new Postal Inspection Service video shows how to keep their holiday packages safe.

Are you going out of town for the holidays?

If so, the Postal Inspection Service has some advice for keeping your packages safe.

In a new public service announcement, the agency explains that instead of risking leaving a package unattended for an extended period of time, customers planning on being away from home for a few days can take advantage of the USPS Hold Mail service.

The service allows letters and packages to be held securely at your local Post Office for up to 30 days. Customers can sign up for Hold Mail service online at

For more recommendations on how to protect your mail this holiday season, visit the Inspection Service’s Holiday Readiness website.