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Postal security

Tips on safeguarding people, property

USPS wants employees to do their part to protect postal vehicles, facilities 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 checks. Secure entry points and loading 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. Keep empty trailers open where possible. (Under certain circumstances, such as inclement weather and local vagrancy, empty trailers should be locked when not in use.) 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. Be diligent when observing mail that is accepted at the retail counter and follow all procedures for mail acceptance. Any suspicious mail items must immediately be reported to the Postal 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.