What would you do if your neighbor was stealing your mail?

United States
November 26, 2007 4:56am CST
I have a strange suspicion that one of my neighbors might be stealing my outgoing mail. I'm not positive. Seems everytime I put a Netflix movie in the mail box to go back to the company, it disappears in transit. Oddly enough, the movies coming from Netflix never disappear. So, I'm thinking that someone is helping themselves to my out going mail. That same person is most likely on the job or busy during the early afternoon when we get our mail. So, they miss the stuff coming in. I have no proof that he's stealing our mail, so I'm not sure what I should do about it. Should I report the theft of the movies? How can find out who is taking my mail? Please advise. What would you do? What would I do if I had proof of the thief's identity? Who would I show it to? Stealing mail is a federal crime, after all, right? Really need some answers to these questions as there are other important documents and checks that come to the same mail box and I am afraid that some loser is going to steal those as well.
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4 responses
@roberten (3134)
• United States
26 Nov 07
Video cameras are great for catching people in the act. You can also drop your returns at the post. If you catch the person, pls turn them in because it is a Federal crime and possibly could lead to a more serious offense against you.
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• United States
26 Nov 07
Thank you! I will try the video camera idea. Our front window faces the mail box (which is across the street) and so it would not be too hard to set a video camera in the front window to spy on the mail box. I will most certainly put that idea to a test.
@roberten (3134)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Pls keep all of us friends posted, and be careful. If you catch someone, do not confront them, give a copy of tape to post master general or other authority. Good luck.
@williamjisir (22913)
• China
27 Nov 07
Hello dear beauty queen. It is so bad to have the mails stolen, but as you could not offer any proof, there is nothing that you could do. I am sorry for what has happened to you and hope that you would be lucky some day to get some proof and warn him against doing this again before you get him charged so that he would have a chance to correct his wrong doings to you. Good day.
@GardenGerty (72759)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Nov 07
If I suspected this, I would find some way to confirm it, at least for myself. I would not want to be paying Netflix for movies all of the time.I would share my suspicions with the post office. It is a federal crime to mess with people's mail. I honestly do not put anything in the mail at my house, I put it all into mail boxes, even everyday mail.
@Shaun72 (15972)
• Palatka, Florida
26 Nov 07
I would call the post office to see what they say about this. I would be pretty upset myself if I thought someone was messing with my mail box also. I know before I have sent movies back I have had reports from Netflix or Blockbuster saying that I had returned it and I had never even saw the movie yet.