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Security measures

Tips for safeguarding facilities, mail

USPS wants employees to do their part to protect postal facilities, vehicles and co-workers.

The Postal Service wants you to remember that the safety and security of the U.S. Mail, facilities, vehicles and your co-workers are a shared responsibility.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Positive identification. Postal Service photo IDs should be recent, in good condition and displayed by all employees. Managers and supervisors should provide either caps or shirts with the USPS logo to noncareer employees who deliver mail, so they can be identified in public as postal employees.

Building check. Secure entry points and dock doors when not in use and make sure camera systems and alarms are functional. Report unknown persons and unbadged visitors on postal property.

Postal vehicle protection. Always lock empty trailers and secure unattended and out-of-sight vehicles because they can be prime targets for criminals. Account for GSA- and P-tags weekly. Immediately report stolen vehicles to the Postal Inspection Service.

Key accountability. Maintain a master key inventory of all facility, arrow and vehicle keys and account for all keys at the end of the day.

Mail security. Exercise diligence when observing mail that is accepted at the counter and follow all procedures for mail acceptance. Any suspicious mail items must immediately be reported to the Inspection Service. Carriers using satchels should keep their cart within view at all times to avoid having mail stolen or rifled through.

Also, ensure all collection boxes, lobby mailboxes and collection receptacles have current, legible Aviation Mail Security decals.

The Postal Service recently distributed a stand-up talk with this information.